Johnny Depp began dating actor and model Amber Heard, whom he had met on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011. They were married in a private civil ceremony at their home in Los Angeles in February 2015 after his separation with French actor and singer Vanessa Paradis .Heard filed for divorce on May 23, 2016,and five days later filed for and obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp, stating in her court declaration that “during the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me”. The stated that the latest incident of violence had taken place on May 21, and provided statements by two witnesses—her and Depp’s mutual friend iO Tillett Wright and neighbor Raquel Pennington—and photographs of her battered face as evidence. Wright had called the LAPD during the incident but Heard, wishing to protect Depp, stated to them that it was a “verbal dispute only”, and the officers saw “no evidence of a crime at that time”.
In response, Depp’s lawyers said that Heard was “attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse”. On May 31, Heard gave a statement to the LAPD on the incident on May 21; her lawyers stated that she had initially been reluctant to involve law enforcement in the case in order to “protect her privacy and Johnny’s career”, but was forced to do so “to set the record straight as to the true facts, as she cannot continue to leave herself open to the vicious false and malicious allegations [by Depp’s team] that have infected the media”. The following day, People published images of Heard’s injuries from an alleged earlier incident of domestic violence, and on June 4, Wright published an essay on Refinery29, in which she wrote about witnessing evidence of abuse throughout the marriage, and criticized the media for victim-blaming Heard when she decided to go public about it. Later that month, Heard sued Depp’s friend, comedian Doug Stanhope for defamation after he wrote in a column for TheWrap that she was blackmailing Depp, and withdrew her initial request for spousal support.
A settlement was reached in the divorce case on August 16, 2016, with Heard to receive US$7 million and dismiss the restraining order against Depp, She also dropped her lawsuit against Stanhope, and issued a joint statement with Depp, which said that their “relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.” Heard stated that she would donate the entire proceeds from the divorce to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In December 2016, she filed a Request for Order at the Los Angeles Superior Court, as Depp had failed to fulfill the requirements of the settlement.As of December 1, 2016, the divorce had not yet been finalized. Yesterday January 13, they finalized their divorce. Heard is keeping the Yorkshire Terriers— Pistol and Boo — which were at the centre of an infamous showdown with Australian officials in 2015 when the couple sneaked the dogs into the country. Heard also get to keep a horse, a Range Rover and a 1968 Ford Mustang andDepp will keep the homes the couple shared in Los Angeles, Kentucky, France and the Bahamas plus 42 vehicles, including cars, motorbikes, boats and golf carts.