Depp, 52, and Heard, 30, were married just over a year ago, and on May 22 Heard filed for divorce, seeking spousal support. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason.
On Wednesday, Depp filed a response, asking the court to “terminate the court’s ability to award support” to Heard. He also requested that Heard pay her own lawyer fees — something else she had asked for Depp to cover.
“Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life,” read a statement released to the media. “Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly.”
Depp’s mother, Betty Sue Palmer, died late last week at the age of 81.
The pair did not sign a prenuptial agreement, but Depp is trying to ensure that many of his assets stay his. He specifically noted “miscellaneous jewelry,” earnings made after their separation and, as stipulated in the response, “there are additional separate property assets and obligations of the parties, the exact nature and extent of which are not presently known.”
California law stipulates that any divorcing couple without a prenup will divide joint assets in half.
The marriage was Depp’s second and Heard’s first, and the pair has no children together. They met while filming The Rum Diary in 2011.
Recently the pair was embroiled in legal trouble with Australian officials after Heard smuggled their two pet dogs into the country. Heard pleaded guilty to falsifying documents to conceal the pets while arriving via private jet.
Following the legal battle, Depp became embroiled in a war of words with Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, which included Depp suggesting the lawmaker was inbred with a vegetable.
On Wednesday, Joyce told reporters that Depp’s comments proved he had gotten into Johnny Depp’s head like fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter.
Joyce followed up those comments a day later saying he would not joke about the couple’s “relationship breakdown.”