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Amber Heard Files for Divorce From Johnny Depp, Accuses Him of Repeated Abuse

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard at the Los Angeles premiere of The Danish Girl, in which Heard had a role, on Nov. 21, 2015.

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Update Friday, May 27, 4 p.m. ET: After this story went live, TMZ published another story, claiming that police officers found no evidence of injury on Heard when they went to her home Saturday night.

Amber Heard has filed for a restraining order against Johnny Depp, her husband of just over a year, accusing him of repeated assaults. Heard filed for divorce early this week and, TMZ reports, arrived in court on Friday with facial bruises and abrasions that Depp had allegedly inflicted.


A source told People that this was “only the latest incident” in a pattern of Depp’s abuse.

Heard says that Depp hit her face with his iPhone on Saturday. From TMZ:

Amber claims during the alleged attack, Johnny shattered various objects in the apartment. She says she was on the phone with a friend during the fight, and when Johnny grabbed her phone she screamed to her friend, “Call the cops!” The friend called 911 and cops came to the residence. Amber says when cops arrived Johnny had already fled, so they took a report.


We’re told cops told Amber they would find Johnny and arrest him if she gave a statement about the alleged violence, but she refused. Officers told her if she changed her mind she could call them.


Cops gave Amber this business [card] and told her to call if she [wanted] to press charges. As far as we know, she has not gone back to the cops. Heard claims after he allegedly hit her he offered her money to stay quiet, but instead she filed for divorce.

Depp has not publicly responded to Heard’s allegations, but he released a statement on the pending divorce through a spokesperson earlier this week: “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. Hopefully, the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly.” Depp has asked a judge to deny Heard’s request for alimony.