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Johnny Depp Accused of Being a Brute, Domestic Abuser by Amber Heard

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were mobbed by paparazzi last month in Australia. They were answering charges  Heard violated quarantine laws by sneaking pet dogs Pistol and Boo into the country. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were mobbed by paparazzi last month in Australia. They were answering charges Heard violated quarantine laws by sneaking pet dogs Pistol and Boo into the country. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Johnny Depp’s divorce from wife of 15 months Amber Heard has taken an ugly turn. Heard won a restraining order this afternoon (May 27) to keep Depp away from her after several alleged incidents of domestic abuse. Photos showed bruises and scratches on her face.

Heard, 30, asserted in the motion that Depp, 52, known for zany but lovable movie characters, struck her more than once during their year and a half marriage.

Heard filed for divorce three days after Depp’s mother, Betty Sue Palmer, died May 20, citing “irreconcilable differences.” The suddenness of the split suggested the divorce was going to be acrimonious.

Depp and Heard have no prenuptial agreement. He’s estimated to be worth $400 million, according to some media reports.

Heard asked the court for spousal support with her initial filing. Depp’s lawyers countered with a motion to deny any financial aid.

Since the story broke, tabloids have been filled with salacious, and largely unsubstantiated reports about underlying problems that have existed in the marriage almost from the start.

But Depp issued a statement branding many of the reports untrue.

“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,” the statement said.

The statement preceded Heard’s request for a restraining order.

Amber Heard, who filed for divorce from Johnny Depp after 15 months of marriage, claims she was the victim of domestic violence.

As part of her petition, Heard revealed a May 21 incident involving police, according to gossip site TMZ. Heard summoned officers after Depp allegedly hit her in the face with his iPhone, leaving scratches and bruises.

Heard said Depp became furious because she was talking on the phone with a friend. By the time police arrived, he had left the premises.

Depp and Heard seemed like an improbable match, not only because of their 22-year age difference, but also because of the markedly different personalities. One recent report, citing anonymous sources said, Heard had an explosive temper.

The marriage was Heard’s first and Depp’s second. Depp, had previously dated Winona Ryder, Jennifer Grey and Kate Moss.

He was in a 15-year relationship with French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis. They had two children together. Depp split from Paradis after began dating Heard. They starred together in the 2012 film “The Rum Diary.”

None of Johnny’s ex-girlfriends have ever accused him of being violent.

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