And…the hearing has been postponed!
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s Friday, June 17, restraining order hearing has been postponed, the Los Angeles County Court’s public information officer confirmed. Heard was set to testify against her estranged husband, claiming that he physically abused her throughout their relationship and get that restraining order business out of the way. BUT- the case will now be heard on August 2, 15 and 16, on request of Johnny Depp’s legal team. Why did this happen? There are lots of theories. Johnny’s a coward, Johnny Depp wants to tie everything up in a one-and-done kind of thing, even settle out of court. Hard to say, but one thing is for sure- court seems like it’s second in priority to lots of other stuff (AKA THE HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES and fun engagement parties!):
Heard, 30, signed a declaration that stated she “could and would competently testify” if called as a witness in court. Her friend Raquel Rose Pennington signed a similar document, saying that she had “firsthand personal knowledge of the facts.”
Both Pennington and Heard were unavailable to attend a June 10 deposition, as Pennington’s engagement party was scheduled for June 11 and Heard was a guest. Heard also said she would need at least two weeks to gather all of the documents needed to present in court.
Depp’s attorney, Laura Wasser, filed documents asking that the court disallow Heard from testifying against Depp, 52, if the actress failed to “appear for deposition.” Meanwhile, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor has been touring with his band, Hollywood Vampires, and spending time at his home in the Bahamas.
As Us Weekly previously reported, Heard filed for divorce on May 23. At the time, she asked for spousal support, but she has since withdrawn that request. Days later, she requested a restraining order, alleging that Depp abused her and provided photos of her bruised face as evidence.
Wasser denied the allegations on behalf of Depp and claimed that Heard was “attempting to secure” a portion of the Lone Ranger star’s reported $400 million fortune. Many of Depp’s famous friends and exes have also come to his defense.
However, a source close to Heard told Us earlier this month that “this isn’t about money. All Amber did was try to get out of a marriage because she was suffering from abuse.”
(Via Us Weekly)
Will the August hearing happen? Hard to say. It’ll be good for everyone when this thing gets over with, don’t you think? Go free, Amber and Johnny! Free as the wind (and away from toxic couplings, hopefully).