Johnny Depp’s lawyers have dismissed his estranged wife’s abuse claims as nothing more than a cash grab.
Depp was in Lisbon, Portugal on Friday, preparing for his latest Hollywood Vampires rock gig when Amber Heard marched into court sporting a bruised face, with photos from alleged past assaults in hand, and requested a protection order against Johnny, which she was granted.
Heard, who left the court hearing in tears, claimed the Pirates of the Caribbean star threw an iPhone at her during a fight on Saturday night.
According to court papers obtained by Entertainment Tonight, she said, “During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me. I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him.”
But Depp’s team doesn’t seem to be too troubled by the allegations – a statement released hours after Heard’s courtroom showdown reads: “Amber is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse.”
Meanwhile, Depp is refusing to let his divorce drama destroy his rock ‘n’ roll dreams – the actor kicked off the Hollywood Vampires world tour with pal Alice Cooper in New York on Tuesday, a day after his wife Amber Heard filed documents to end the couple’s 15-month marriage – and there’s no sign he’ll be ditching the trek to take stock of his personal problems.
The Hollywood Vampires performed at the Rock in Rio festival in Lisbon on Friday night – a week after the death of Depp’s beloved mom Betty Sue Palmer.
However, back home in America, Depp’s movie success is about to take a hit – if film fans planning a boycott of his latest release, Alice Through the Looking Glass, get their way.
The #StandWithAmber and #imwithamber hashtags started trending on Friday as many fans threatened to turn their backs on the Alice in Wonderland sequel following Heard’s abuse claims.
“You should never have to feel afraid to speak up about abuse. #imwithamber,” one user tweeted.