Johnny Depp’s alleged iPhone attack on wife Amber Heard during violent rage 'was not a one-off'
The actress Amber Heard has accused the star of physically assaulting her before she filed for divorce
Johnny Depp’s alleged iPhone attack on Amber Heard was not a one-off, a source close to the actress claimed last night.
The 30-year-old has accused her estranged husband of launching a string of assaults during their stormy 15-month marriage.
Depp denies the claims and friends of his accused her of lying. His lawyer said: “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.”
But Amber was last night granted a temporary restraining order on the Hollywood icon after sensationally claiming 52-year-old Depp threw an iPhone at her during a violent rage at their Los Angeles apartment last Saturday.
US website TMZ published a picture of Amber with a bruise on her face and she later showed a judge a series of photos with other similar injuries she claims the Pirate of the Caribbean star inflicted on her.
The source claimed: “This was not an isolated incident, this was only the latest incident. Amber did what she had to do to take care of herself.”
But police who were called to the apartment after the alleged phone attack reported no signs of injury to her face.
Amber claims Depp went on the rampage and shattered various objects in the apartment.
She alleged she was on the phone to a friend and when Depp grabbed her phone she screamed to the pal: “Call the cops.”
When police arrived at their home, Depp was said to have left. They took a report from her but she reportedly refused to give a full statement.
TMZ reported law enforcement sources said she never alleged any brutality and just complained of an argument. Officers said they had no reason to believe Depp struck Amber with his phone.
According to US reports, Amber wanted the restraining order as there is an “immediate threat of harm”. There were also claims she even has video of one of the alleged beatings.
The judge told Depp to stay 100 yards away from his wife – who has filed for divorce – at least until a hearing next month. Amber was also given the right to live in the family home.
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Depp was verbally and physically abusive because of drug and alcohol abuse through their entire relationship.
Amber claimed he showed up “inebriated and high” for her birthday party last month.
She claims after the guests left, they argued and he threw a magnum-sized bottle of champagne at the wall and a wine glass at her. He then allegedly grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her on to the bed. She also claims he grabbed her by the hair and shoved her to the floor. Amber said she didn’t see Depp again for a month, until Saturday night. She claims he was drunk and high again and they were talking about the death of his mum Betty Sue, 81, the day before.
The court documents allege he “suddenly began obsessing” about something, got mad, grabbed the phone, “wound up his arm like a baseball pitcher and threw the cell phone at me, striking my cheek and eye”.
Amber claims Depp also pulled her hair and struck her, then she alleged he grabbed a magnum of wine, drank some and then used it to break objects around the house. According to TMZ, the judge rejected many other requests by Amber – including an order keeping him away from at least one of their dogs, saying there was “an insufficient showing to protect the pet dog”.
But friends of Depp accused Amber of making up the domestic abuse claims. The actor insists she was tagged in a picture on Instagram showing she was partying with friends on Sunday.
Reports of the alleged attack comes amid speculation he is a heavy drinker.
In 2013, he admitted to Rolling Stone that he felt he got on with booze “too well”, but denied he was an alcoholic.
At the time, he had not hit the bottle for 18 months, and said: “I just decided that I’d pretty much got everything I could out of it. I investigated wine and spirits thoroughly, and they certainly investigated me as well.
“I don’t have the physical need for alcohol. No, it’s more my medication, my self-medication over the years to calm the circus.”
Depp and Amber wed in February 2015, after meeting on the set of 2011 film The Rum Diary.
In her divorce documents, which were filed on Monday, she requested spousal support but he is seeking to deny her bid for financial help.
He divorced his first wife, make-up artist Lori Anne Allison, in 1985 after just two years of marriage. He split from French actress partner Vanessa Paradis – who he has daughter Lily-Rose, 16, and 13-year-old son Jack with – in 2012 after 14 years together.
Amber was in a three-year relationship with girlfriend Tasya van Ree until 2011.