Johnny Depp's wife claims domestic violence: media

 28 May 2016 - 0:00

Johnny Depp's wife claims domestic violence: media



A file picture dated 04 September 2015 shows US actor/cast member Johnny Depp (R) and his wife US actress Amber Heard arriving for the premiere of 'Black Mass', at the 72nd annual Venice International Film Festival, in Venice, Italy. EPA/ETTORE FERRARI


Los Angeles: Johnny Depp's wife appeared in court Friday with bruises on her face, accusing the Hollywood star of assaulting her, and seeking a restraining order against him, celebrity news website TMZ reported.

Amber Heard, who filed for divorce in Los Angeles earlier this week and is seeking spousal support from the 52-year-old "Pirates of the Caribbean" star, says she is the victim of repeated physical attacks by Depp, TMZ said.

The website published a picture showing Heard, 30, with a bruise around her right eye, reporting that the actress says it was taken shortly after Depp smashed his iPhone into her face on Saturday night.

"Heard claims after he allegedly hit her, he offered her money to stay quiet, but instead she filed for divorce first thing Monday morning," TMZ reported.

The website noted that Heard says she is facing an immediate threat of harm from Depp even though the actor has been out of town since Wednesday promoting a new film.

Depp's lawyer Laura Wasser denied requests for comment, while Heard's attorney Samantha Spector was not immediately available.

The couple's separation came less than a week after the death of Depp's mother, Betty Sue Palmer, at the age of 81.

Celebrity magazine People, which said it had obtained a copy of Heard's divorce petition, said the 30-year-old was citing "irreconcilable differences," standard legal language for a no-fault divorce.

The petition listed their date of separation as Sunday.

Depp and Heard met on the set of the 2011 film "The Rum Diary," when Depp was still in a long-term relationship with the French actress Vanessa Paradis, mother of his son Jack and daughter Lily-Rose.

They married in a small, private ceremony in Los Angeles in February last year before celebrating with a larger event on Depp's private island in the Bahamas.

Celebrity news website Page Six, citing unnamed sources close to the pair, said the marriage hit the rocks after just three months.

Depp "quickly grew tired of Heard's enchantment with Hollywood glitz," it said, and became increasingly suspicious over her bisexual past and closeness to her lesbian friends.

Depp's latest film, "Alice Through the Looking Glass," is due to be released on Friday.