Johnny Depp claims Amber Heard punched him ‘twice in the face’
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor, 55, alleges that Heard, 32, assaulted him in April 2016 for being almost two hours late to her 30th birthday party.
According to the court documents, Depp claims that Heard “had been drinking” that evening and “began criticizing” him once her guests left.
Depp had a meeting with his business manager and accountants before the party but alleges he sent Heard multiple text messages to keep her updated.
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He claims he “defended himself by grabbing [her] arms to stop her punching him again and told her to stop.”
Depp then allegedly “pushed her away from him onto the bed” and left the room.
In response to the accusations, a lawyer for Heard told People: “These allegations are totally false. One needs only read the recent Rolling Stone article about Mr. Depp and the lawsuit filed against him by a location manager, among many other recent news stories and lawsuits, to understand his state of mind. Mr. Depp is currently being sued in multiple venues, including for assaulting a location manager on the set of City of Lies. On many occasions, eyewitnesses observed the extent of the abuse Mr. Depp inflicted on Ms. Heard.”
Depp is currently being sued by a location manager from his upcoming movie, City of Lies, who alleges the actor punched him on the Los Angeles set of the movie about the killing of Notorious B.I.G.
The Blow actor’s court filing also includes his version of the events from May 21, 2016, when Heard claimed Depp threw an iPhone at her face.
The documents say Depp “tossed the phone onto the sofa and crossed the room away from Ms. Heard… The phone did not hit Ms. Heard on the face or elsewhere.”
The court filing also alleges that the police who interviewed Heard “saw no injuries or bruising or swelling.” Depp filed two depositions by police officers to support his claims.
Depp is currently suing the British newspaper The Sun for libel for accusing him of being a “wife beater” in an article written by Dan Wooton, who Depp is also suing.
Depp is asking for £200,000 in addition to £10,528 in legal fees and requesting the court assess any potential further damages.
He is also requesting an injunction restraining the paper from “continuing to publish” accusations of spousal abuse.
Depp and Heard — who met while filming The Rum Diary in 2011 — were married on Feb. 3, 2015, and on May 23, 2016, Heard filed for divorce, seeking spousal support. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason. They were officially divorced on Jan. 13, 2017.
Four days after filing for divorce, Heard requested a temporary domestic violence restraining order against Depp, which the judge granted 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. She claims that incident took place on May 21, less than 48 hours before she filed.
TMZ reported that Depp allegedly “smashed” his iPhone into Heard’s face, resulting in the bruise. Heard claimed that Depp offered her money to stay quiet after he supposedly hit her, but she instead chose to file for divorce.
—With files from Chris JancelewiczFollow @KatieScottNews
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