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Amber Heard refutes claims that she's blackmailing Johnny Depp

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 31/05/2016 Nancy Dillon

Amber Heard is refuting a comedian's claim she tried to "blackmail" Johnny Depp.

The "allegations against Ms. Heard are absolutely and unequivocally false," her lawyer Peter Sample wrote in a letter to TheWrap.com reported by the website Monday.

Sample called the recent blackmail claim by comedian Doug Stanhope "outrageous" and said it "has no basis in reality and is nothing but the typical celebrity muckraking for profit," The Wrap reported.

In a guest Wrap column published Sunday, Stanhope claimed he spent time with Depp on May 21 shortly before the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star allegedly fought with Heard at their condominium in downtown Los Angeles.

Stanhope called Heard "manipulative" and rejected her blockbuster court claims Friday that Depp smashed her face with a cellphone on May 21, pulled her hair, struck her, violently grabbed her face and trashed their condo in a drunken rampage.

He said Depp "opened up" to him earlier in the day and said he was sad not only about his beloved mom's death on May 20 but also because Amber was "threatening to leave him" and "lie about him publicly."

Actress Amber Heard. © Getty Images Actress Amber Heard. "Blackmail is what I would imagine other people might put it," Stanhope wrote.

Sample demanded a retraction of the column in his letter to The Wrap, the website said.

"It is highly offensive and disturbing that you would choose to publish it in the first place," Sample reportedly said about the Stanhope column.

Attempts to reach Sample were not immediately successful Monday.

Heard, 30, appeared in person at a civil courthouse in downtown Los Angeles Friday sporting a visible bruise on her right cheek.

She sat quietly on a bench holding a friend's hand and shed tears as she departed with her lawyers after a judge granted her a temporary restraining order against the 52-year-old Depp.

In her statement to the court, Heard claimed Depp "wound up (his) arm like a baseball pitcher and threw the cellphone at me striking my cheek and eye with great force."

Heard claimed Depp had been verbally and physically abusive "during the entirety of our relationship" and had grabbed her by the hair and "violently shoved" her to the floor during another alleged incident on April 21.

Amber Heard's lawyer fired back at allegations that she tried to blackmail Johnny Depp. - Richard Vogel/AP © Provided by New York Daily News Amber Heard's lawyer fired back at allegations that she tried to blackmail Johnny Depp. - Richard Vogel/AP

The actress, who met Depp on the set of the 2011 flick "The Rum Diary," filed for divorce on May 23.

In paperwork filed Friday, her lawyer said Heard initially shied away from seeking a restraining order and decided not to serve her divorce on Depp at last Monday's premiere of his new movie "Alice Through The Looking Glass" in Hollywood.

But Heard changed her mind and went to court Friday after her lawyer asked for specific terms and allegedly got the brush-off from Depp's camp.

Depp's lawyer suggested in an opposition to the restraining order application that Heard was "attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse."

Los Angeles Police said Friday that they responded to a 911 call at Heard's address on May 21, but she declined to file a report.

Heard didn't provide any evidence of a crime, so officers left after giving her a card, a police source told the Daily News.

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