Johnny Depp, Amber Heard restraining order hearing postponed

Amber Heard, Johnny Depp
In this Jan. 2, 2016 file photo, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp arrive at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, Calif. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File

A Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman says the temporary restraining order Amber Heard obtained against Johnny Depp will remain in effect until Aug. 15.

The matter was originally set to be heard Friday, but court spokeswoman Mary Hearn said Thursday the hearing has been postponed. She says such delays aren’t unusual.

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Heard, 30, was granted a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband May 27 after submitting a sworn declaration in which she alleged Depp, 53, threw her cellphone at her face and repeatedly hit her.

On Thursday, Heard filed a declaration to withdraw her request for temporary spousal support from Depp.

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.

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In court documents, 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.

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.”

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“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.”

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Heard and Depp were married in 2014. She filed for divorce last month, citing irreconcilable differences.

Attorneys for each of the actors did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday.

With files from The Associated Press

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