Heard says she thought it was standard to ask for spousal support in divorce cases, but now thinks it’s taking the focus away from the real issue: the alleged abuse she suffered at the hands of Depp.
In court documents obtained by TMZ, she states that the spousal support issue is being “used against me to distract and divert the public away from the very serious real issue of domestic violence.”
By filing the declaration, Heard is not restricting herself from ever receiving spousal support; rather, she’ll be able to re-request the support once the hearing about the restraining order filed against Depp is complete.
Heard, 30, filed for divorce from Depp, 53, on May 22, citing irreconcilable differences. The two have been married for about 15 months. Heard was later granted a domestic violence restraining order against Depp by a judge, after she submitted multiple photos as evidence of assault, one of which purportedly shows the actress with what appears to be a bruise on her right eye.
Both Heard and Depp are due in court on Friday, June 17 for a hearing to address the restraining order. Depp is currently on vacation on his island in the Bahamas (ironically, where he and Heard were married last year).
Depp’s camp has accused Heard of fabricating the abuse in order to make money. The divorcing couple didn’t sign a prenuptial agreement, and Depp is estimated to be worth upwards of US$400 million.
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 his response, “there are additional separate property assets and obligations of the parties, the exact nature and extent of which are not presently known.”
“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.”