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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Split, Legal Turmoil: What We Know So Far

A rollercoaster romance. In the few days since Amber Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp, things have escalated pretty quickly. Startling details of the pair’s rocky marriage began to emerge almost immediately after the news of the actress’ filing broke. Here’s a recap of everything Us Weekly knows so far about Depp and Heard’s shocking split.

Amber Heard Files for Divorce

Heard, 30, filed for divorce from Depp, 52, on Monday, May 23, in the Los Angeles Superior Court after 15 months of marriage. She cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for her petition and asked for spousal support from the Alice Through the Looking Glass actor, who later asked that the judge reject the request.

Depp Releases Statement on Divorce

The Pirates of the Caribbean star’s rep told Us Weekly in a statement that he’s looking for a quick resolution to the divorce, which came just days after his mother Betty Sue Palmer’s death.

“Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent 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 rep said on Thursday, May 26. “Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly.”

Heard Accuses Depp of Abuse, Gets a Restraining Order

The Danish Girl actress was granted a temporary domestic violence restraining order against Depp on Friday, May 27. Appearing in court looking somber and bruised, she brought photographic evidence of the alleged abuse in addition to detailing the couple’s tumultuous relationship.

In her declaration for the restraining order, Heard said that she’s “extremely afraid” of Depp, who she alleges has a long history of substance abuse problems. She recounted her April 21 birthday celebration, where, she claims, the actor reportedly showed up “inebriated and high” before allegedly physically abusing her. Heard also detailed a similar incident — in which Depp allegedly “wound up his arm like a baseball pitcher” and chucked a cell phone at her face — that she says occurred on Saturday, May 21, just two days before she officially pulled the plug on their marriage.

Police told Us Weekly that despite the actress’ claims, they saw no evidence for a report when they were called to the couple’s L.A. home on May 21.

Depp’s Lawyer Responds in Court Papers

Depp’s high-profile celeb divorce attorney, Laura Wasser, asserted that Heard is “attempting to secure” financial gain with her allegations of domestic abuse. “Her current application for a temporary restraining order along with her financial requests appears to be in response to the negative media attention she received earlier this week after filing for divorce,” the lawyer wrote in court papers, adding, “Amber is a successful model and actress who earns her own income and is capable of supporting herself.”

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