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Depp ordered to stay away from wife

Associated Press Associated Press 27/05/2016

A judge has ordered Johnny Depp to stay away from his estranged wife after she accused the Oscar-nominated actor of repeatedly hitting her during a recent fight and leaving her face bruised.

But Depp's lawyers have dismissed Amber Heard's abuse claims as nothing more than a cash grab.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl H Moor also ruled on Friday that Depp shouldn't try to contact Heard until a hearing is conducted on June 17.

Heard said in a sworn declaration that Depp threw her mobile phone at her during a fight last Saturday, striking her cheek and eye.

She submitted a picture of her bruised face when she applied for a restraining order on Friday.

She also wrote that the actor pulled her hair, screamed at her and repeatedly hit her and violently grabbed her face.

She appeared at a Los Angeles court on Friday and had a bruise on her right cheek below the eye.

Heard's filing alleges a history of abuse throughout her relationship with Depp, which started after they met on the set of the 2011 film The Rum Diary.

"During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me," Heard wrote.

"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."

The restraining order was issued on the day Depp's latest film, Alice Through the Looking Glass, opens in theatres.

Heard's filing said the actor was high and drunk when she was allegedly abused last Saturday.

"I live in fear that Johnny will return to (our house) unannounced to terrorise me, physically and emotionally," Heard wrote in her sworn declaration.

She also submitted a declaration from a friend who wrote that she shot pictures of Heard's bruised face shortly after Depp left.

Moor rejected Heard's request that Depp attend a year's worth of anger management classes and the protective order extend to her dog, a Yorkshire terrier named Pistol.

The status of the couple's other dog, Boo, was not immediately known.

The dogs received worldwide publicity last year when Heard brought them into Australia without proper documentation. Heard and Depp released an awkward video last month apologising for the action.

Moor did not conduct a hearing on Heard's requests, and she waited for the judge's ruling in an office where a member of her private security team stood guard. She emerged from the courthouse into a crush of photographers who mobbed the model-actress and her lawyer.

The filing came five days after Heard filed for divorce and while Depp was in Portugal, preparing for his latest Hollywood Vampires rock gig.

A statement released by his lawyers says: "Amber is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse."

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