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Depp domestic violence hearing delayed

Associated Press logo Associated Press 10/08/2016

A US judge has delayed the start of a hearing into Amber Heard's allegations that Johnny Depp physically abuse her after learning it is expected to last for up to a week.

The hearing in the Los Angeles Superior Court will now begin on August 17, two days later than planned.

The domestic violence allegations are one aspect of the actors' contentious divorce.

Heard filed to divorce Depp on May 23, and a few days later obtained a temporary restraining order after accusing him of repeatedly hitting her during a fight in their Los Angeles apartment.

Depp's lawyer Laura Wasser has denied the allegations and says she wants the hearing concluded as quickly as possible.

"This is weighing heavily on my client," Wasser said.

If Heard wins, the restraining order against Depp could be extended for up to five years.

Judge Carl H. Moor ruled Depp will not be allowed to attend Heard's deposition.

Heard is accusing Depp of repeatedly hitting her and throwing a mobile phone during a fight in their Los Angeles apartment in May.

Heard has alleged in court filings that Depp abused her throughout their relationship, which started after they met on the set of the 2011 film "The Rum Diary."

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