Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s Divorce Explodes: Everything You Need to Know – People Magazine

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The events surrounding Amber Heard‘s divorce from Johnny Depp have escalated from complicated to startling in just a few days. What started as a typical divorce filing turned into shocking headlines when Heard alleged in court papers filed Friday that she was abused by her husband throughout their 15-month marriage.

Here’s everything you need to know about this serious turn of events:

May 25: News of the divorce filing breaks

On May 23, Heard files for divorce from Depp citing irreconcilable differences. In the divorce petition, Heard, 30, asks for spousal support from Depp, 52.

Hours after Heard’s filing (but before the world learns of it), Depp attends the Los Angeles premiere of his latest film, Alice Through the Looking Glass. “I never would’ve guessed he was going through a divorce, or anything like that,” a source at the premiere told PEOPLE.

Depp, one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, asked the judge to deny Heard’s demand for spousal support via a response filed May 25 by his attorney, Laura Wasser. News also emerges that Depp’s mother, Betty Sue Palmer, died on May 20.

May 26: Sources close to the couple speak out, details emerge about their rocky relationship

A source close to Heard tells PEOPLE the actress “did what she had to do to take care of herself” after months of strife. Meanwhile Depp addresses the split via his rep.

“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,” his rep told PEOPLE in a statement. “Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly.”

May 27: Heard alleges Depp abused her and goes to court to get a restraining order

Heard unleashes a bombshell: She filed for, and is granted, a temporary domestic violence restraining order against Depp.

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Amber Heard left court on May 27 with an apparent bruise near her eye.

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In her court filing, she alleged that Depp was verbally and physically abusive toward her throughout their four-year relationship and that he has a problem with substance abuse. She stated that the latest incident was on May 21, when she says Depp argued with her and hit her in the eye with a cell phone. She submitted as evidence photos of her apparently bruised face and damaged property from their apartment.

“Johnny has a long-held and widely-acknowledged public and private history of drug and alcohol abuse,” she said in her declaration. “He has a short fuse. He is often paranoid and his temper is extremely scary for me as it has proven many times to be physically dangerous and/or life-threatening to me.”

In court, Heard appeared to have a visible bruise on her right eye. A judge granted her a temporary restraining order requiring Depp to stay 100 yards from her and gave her sole use of their downtown L.A. apartment, but declined to order any temporary spousal support for her or require Depp to stay away from her dog, Pistol.

Depp responds in court papers

Depp’s divorce attorney Wasser said Heard’s domestic abuse claims are financially motivated.

“Amber is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse,” the lawyer said in response to Heard’s claim in the court documents. “Her current application for a temporary restraining order along with her financial requests appears to be in response to the negative media attention she received earlier this week after filing for divorce. Yet Johnny cannot protect himself or Amber from media scrutiny, and Amber’s anger certainly cannot drive this dissolution proceeding.”

Police say they saw no evidence of a crime

An LAPD spokesman contacted by PEOPLE said officers investigated the May 21 incident after a 911 call and saw “no evidence of any crime.” Heard declined to file a report, and Depp had already left the apartment, according to police.

A source close to Heard told PEOPLE she was too shaken to file a report at the time. The source also alleged that Depp knew about Heard’s plans to file for the restraining order and offered her money not to do so.

Depp continues band tour, makes a charity appearance in Portugal.

The day Heard goes in court in L.A., Depp is in Portugal playing and making a charity appearance with his band Hollywood Vampires.

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Johnny Depp performs at the Rock in Rio Lisbon music festival in Lisbon on Friday night.


Hours before their Rock in Rio festival performance in Lisbon, Portugal, on Friday, Depp and his bandmates Alice Cooper, Robert Deleo and Bruce Wikin are photographed fitting and adjusting hearing aids to support the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

A concertgoer tells PEOPLE Depp appeared to be “fine” during the band’s performance. “Johnny was absolutely fine. He played a really good gig,” Wendy Holland, who was at the show, tells PEOPLE. “It was like the events of the week hadn’t played a part at all.”

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s Divorce Explodes: Everything You Need to Know – People Magazine