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Amber Heard Claims Johnny Depp Is Delaying Final Divorce Proceedings: 'I Want My Life Back'

ETOnline logo ETOnline 4/01/2017 Desiree Murphy
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Amber Heard just wants to move on from her messy split with Johnny Depp, but it doesn't look like their legal battle will be over anytime soon.

Just when it seemed like things between the two were finally starting to cool down, Depp's divorce attorney, Laura Wasser, filed court documents on Dec. 20 asking that the Los Angeles Superior Court order Heard to pay $100,000 toward Depp's attorneys' fees and costs. Now, the Justice League star has responded.

According to the new court documents obtained by ET -- which were filed by Heard's attorney, Pierce O'Donnell, last Friday -- the 30-year-old actress claims Depp and his counsel "seem to wish to prolong this proceeding as a means of punishing me."

"I want my life back," Heard, who is asking the court to deny Depp's request and instead award her $36,475 in attorney's fees, explained in her response. "I want to be divorced from Johnny now."

O'Donnell echoed Heard's thoughts in the filing, stating that his client "wants the prompt dissolution of marriage" and alleges that Depp has "frustrated the final settlement of this matter at every turn through his relentless, mean-spirited campaign against Heard."

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O'Donnell also claims Depp has not submitted any evidence that Heard's conduct throughout this battle "has frustrated settlement or increased costs" that would "show grounds for [Heard] to pay $100,000 in attorney's fees" as he requested.

Heard filed a Request for Order, a motion that, according to the new court docs, was prompted by her losing "patience" and feeling "exasperated" by Depp's antics.

"Indeed, if [Depp] were truly interested in settlement (rather than in perpetuating his feud with [Heard] and forcing her to pay attorneys' fees), he would have devoted his efforts to completing the required two forms of settlement, which still lack complete signatures from his attorneys, and would have cooperated in other actions required by the DPM [Deal Point Memorandum], rather than wasting the resources of the Court with this bad faith request," O'Donnell claimed in the documents.

Depp filed his own responsive declaration to Heard's Request for Order on Dec. 30.

In those court documents, Depp's lawyer accused Heard of appearing "eager to invent reasons to extort funds from Johnny and/or prolong this litigation in order to remain in the public eye." Wasser also claimed "this is nothing more than a desperate attempt to revive extraordinarily public litigation and [Heard's] short-lived acting career," and alleged that Heard's request is a "blatant attempt to extend her fifteen minutes of fame" and a "last-ditch effort to garner media attention."

As ET previously reported, Depp has incurred nearly $1 million in attorneys' fees and costs. A court hearing on this motion is scheduled for next Friday at 8:30 a.m.

For more on Depp and Heard's divorce battle, watch the video below.

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