It's over: Depp and Heard finalise bitter divorce
After months of highly publicised claims of domestic violence and counter-claims of financial blackmail, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s divorce has been finalised.
Court papers filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court detailed a splitting of marital assets and an agreement by Depp to pay a previously announced sum of $ 7m to Heard.
Heard, 30, filed for divorce in May after 15 months of marriage, and days later obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp, 53.
She said in court filings that Depp was abusive to her throughout their marriage, culminating in a row in May in which he threw a mobile phone at her face and broke various objects in her apartment.
A lawyer for Depp denied allegations of abuse and argued that Heard was “attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse”.
As part of the divorce settlement, Heard dismissed her request for a continued restraining order against Depp.
She also dropped her defamation lawsuit against Depp’s friend, comedian Doug Stanhope, over an article he had written accusing the actress of blackmailing and manipulating her estranged husband.
The divorce papers showed that Depp would retain sole possession of numerous real estate assets, including properties in Los Angeles, Paris and his private island in the Bahamas. He will also keep more than 40 vehicles and vessels, including vintage cars and his motorbike collection.
Heard will maintain custody of her dogs Pistol and Boo, the two canines at the centre of a scandal in Australia in which Heard pleaded guilty to falsifying travel documents to sneak her pets into the country in 2015 without proper quarantine procedures.
Heard said she would split her $ 7m divorce settlement between the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Heard’s lawyer, Pierce O’Donnell, hailed the finalisation as a “great day” for his client, adding: “All Amber wanted was to be divorced and now she is.”
There was no immediate statement from Depp as it also emerged that the star has launched a $ 25m court action against his former business managers over claims he has been the victim of “gross misconduct” which cost him “tens of millions of dollars”.
According to documents filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court, Depp claims the company, The Management Group (TMG) failed to properly pay his taxes, made unauthorised loans and overpaid for security and other services.