Assault accusation caps rough week for Depp

  • FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2016 file photo, Amber Heard, left, and Johnny Depp arrive at The Art of Elysium's Ninth annual Heaven Gala at 3LABS, in Culver City, Calif. Heard was in Los Angeles Superior Court court on Friday, May 27, 2016, and provided a sworn declaration that her husband Johnny Depp threw her cellphone at her during a fight Saturday, striking her cheek and eye. The judge ordered Depp to stay away from his estranged wife and ruled that Depp shouldn't try to contact Heard until a hearing is conducted on June 17. Heard filed for divorce on Monday. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File) Rich Fury

  • Actress Amber Heard leaves Los Angeles Superior Court court Friday after securing a restraining order against her husband, Johnny Depp. Heard told the court Depp threw her cellphone at her during a fight several days earlier. AP PHOTO

Associated Press
Published: 5/29/2016 11:42:51 PM

LOS ANGELES — Johnny Depp seemed the picture of rock star cool as he played guitar onstage in Portugal with his band, the Hollywood Vampires. An ocean away, he is facing serious accusations.

A judge on Friday ordered Depp to stay away from estranged wife, Amber Heard, after she accused the Oscar-nominated actor of repeatedly hitting her during a recent fight and leaving her face bruised.

Depp’s publicist has not responded to a request for comment, and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star made no mention of the allegations during his Friday night concert in Lisbon.

Depp appeared on stage puffing a small cigar and playing rhythm guitar to a large crowd that had gathered for a Rock in Rio concert. The 52-year-old was introduced to the cheering audience as “the wings of the vampire” by band-member Alice Cooper.

The restraining order was issued on the day Depp’s latest film, “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” opened in theaters and caps a turbulent week for the star. His mother died May 20 and Heard filed for divorce on Monday. On Friday, she appeared in court with a bruise on her right cheek below the eye, saying Depp threw her cellphone at her during a fight.

Heard’s filing alleges a history of abuse throughout her relationship with Depp, which started after they met on the set of the 2011 film “The Rum Diary.” A judge ordered Depp to stay away from Heard and not to attempt contact with her before a June 17 hearing.

Los Angeles Police responded to a domestic violence call at the couple’s home on May 21, but the person who made the call declined to file charges and officers determined no crime occurred.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl H. Moor rejected Heard’s request that Depp attend a year’s worth of anger management classes and the protective order extend to her dog, a Yorkshire terrier named Pistol. The status of the couple’s other dog, Boo, was not immediately known. (The dogs received worldwide publicity last year when Heard brought them into Australia without proper documentation. Heard and Depp released an awkward video last month apologizing for the action.)




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