The domestic violence dispute and divorce proceedings between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard that exploded just before the release of Alice Through The Looking Glass this spring is over as of today. The timing of today’s filing and end of the case is telling, as attorneys for Depp and Heard were set to face off on Wednesday in a four-to-five day hearing on the matter in L.A. Superior Court.
Represented by lawyers Samantha Spector and the recently retained Pierce O’Donnell, the London Fields actress filed paperwork this morning in L.A. Superior Court withdrawing her request for a restraining order against her now soon to be ex-husband. The dismissal was with prejudice, which means she cannot re-file the matter. Though that seems moot as the two have also come to a multi-million dollar divorce settlement that ends their just over a year-and-a-half-long marriage.
“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,” said the two in a joint statement Tuesday. “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.”
Heard is to receive around $7.6 million in the divorce, sources say. The actress was granted a temporary restraining order on May 27 by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl Moor requiring Depp to stay 100 yards away from her. There was great concern that the matter might affect the opening of the Disney distributed Alice sequel, which tanked at the box office.
“Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future,” today’s joint statement adds. “Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity. There will be no further public statements about this matter.”
The cards seemed to be in play this weekend when both actors were scheduled to give depositions – Depp never showed up for his, I’ve learned. Flying into town from UK where she is currently filming Justice League, Heard did give her depo this weekend.
The matter was essentially resolved on Monday as lawyers from both parties looked at the evidence, media attention and circumstance in front of them and sat down. They hashed out the withdrawal of the RO and the finances of the divorce in a matter of hours.
Spector of Spector Law and O’Donnell of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinge represented Heard while family law heavyweight Laura Wasser of L.A.’s Wasser, Cooperman & Mandles and criminal defense attorney Blair Berk of Tarlow & Berk handled the case for the Pirates of the Caribbean actor.
The fifth installment in the swashbuckling franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is set to come on May 26 next year.