Actors resolve suit that divided the film industry, releasing a joint statement saying relationship has been at times volatile, but always bind by love
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have determined their divorce and her domestic abuse case against the Pirates of the Caribbean star, resolving one of Hollywoods ugliest break-ups on the eve of a court hearing which threatened to uncover details of their tumultuous relationship to public glare.
Heard filed legal documents on Tuesday to the superior court of Los Angeles receding her request for a domestic violence restraining order in a bargain which included a reported$ 7m divorce settlement.
Both performers issued a joint statement drawing a line under a tale which has appalled, titillated and divided the film industry and fans.
Our relationship was intensely passionate and from time to time volatile, but always bind by love, said the statement. There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm. Neither party has constructed false accusations for fiscal gains.
The statement said Heard would donate proceeds from the divorce to charity, without specifying how much, and struck a tone of reconciliation. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future.
Lawyers for both sides were not immediately available for comment.
The deal arrived on the eve of a hearing scheduled to begin on Wednesday and last five days, unleashing combative, high-priced lawyers to combat over lurid claims of jealous paranoia, drunken rages, manipulative greed and a severed fingertip.
Heard, 30, filed for divorce in May and procured a temporary restraining order, alleging her Oscar-nominated spouse assaulted her after a drunken argument in their LA apartment. Her filing said Depp, 53, began obsessing over something that wasnt true and became highly angry, throwing a phone at Heard, striking her cheek and eye with extreme force.
A separate statement from a friend of Hears who witnessed the scene, Raquel Pennington, supported Heards version, including a description of Depp swinging a magnum-sized bottle of wine like a baseball bat.
Heard, who stars in the upcoming London Fields, furnished photographs of her bruised face and smashed wine bottles and said the incident fit a pattern of abuse, including a violent row in Australia which interrupted filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Io Tillett Wright, another friend of Heards, wrote in an essay for Refinery 29: The reports of violence started with a kick on a private plane, then it was jostles and the occasional punch, until finally, in December, she described an all-out assault and she woke up with her pillow contained within blood. I know this because I went to their home. I assured the pillow with my own eyes. I assured the busted lip and the clumps of hair on the floor.
Depp, who met Heard in 2011 on the decide of The Rum Diary, has not commented publicly. But his lawyers denied the allegations and before the settlement had accused Heard of trying procure a premature fiscal resolution by alleging abuse. It was Depps second wedding, Heards first.
Stakes intensified in recent days amid fresh asserts be learned from Heards court filings, including a photograph of a bloodied finger. Heard said Depp accidentally sliced off his fingertip during an argument in March 2015, then dipped the stump in blue paint and scrawled Billy Bob and Easy Amber on a mirror, according to the celebrity news site TMZ .
Filming of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean installment reportedly paused while Depp flew from Australia to the US for treatment.
The actor erroneously thought his wife was having an affair with Billy Bob Thornton, her co-star in London Fields, according to Heards filings. She and Thornton have denied any affair.
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