Johnny Depp and Amber Heard reach divorce settlement, avoid court hearing

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have settled their rancorous divorce battle and will avoid a court hearing that would have potentially aired intimate and embarrassing details on both sides of the nasty celebrity split.

The actors said in a joint statement issued Tuesday: “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity. There will be no further public statements about this matter.”​​​

The settlement was reached Monday for an undisclosed sum. Heard filed for divorce on May 23, after two years of marriage to Depp.

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The actress was granted a temporary restraining order on May 27 following her allegations that Depp physically attacked her on a number of occasions during their brief marriage.

Depp has denied that he ever engaged in domestic abuse against his wife.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Superior Court said Tuesday that Heard’s request for a restraining order has been dismissed. The dismissal means that the estranged couple won’t have to square off in a court hearing that had been scheduled to start Wednesday.

The hearing was expected to focus on the temporary restraining order Heard obtained after she made allegations of domestic abuse against Depp, including an incident on May 21 in which she claimed the actor physically attacked her and threw a phone at her.

Depp denied the allegations of abuse. In court papers, his lawyers cited several individuals, including two law enforcement officers, who said they saw no signs of abuse that day.

Still, Heard’s legal team submitted as evidence photographs showing the actress with what appear to be bruises on her face.

In recent days, Depp’s lawyers have accused Heard of delaying her deposition. The actress, who has been working on the superhero movie “Justice League” in London, gave her deposition Saturday.

Depp and Heard were married in 2015. He was previously in a relationship with French actress Vanessa Paradis, with whom he has two children.

david.ng@latimes.com

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UPDATES:

10:46 a.m.: This article was updated with additional information provided by L.A. Superior Court.

This story was originally published at 10 a.m.

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