The Depp Situation

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard at the Art of Elysium's 2016 Heaven Gala
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On May 23rd, Amber Heard filed for divorce from her spouse, citing irreconcilable differences. Those irreconcilable differences? Alleged abuse. That spouse? Critically acclaimed Hollywood actor, Johnny Depp.

In court papers filed on that Friday, May 27th, Heard declared abuse by her husband throughout their 15 month marriage. On last Saturday night alone, Heard claims Depp threw a cellphone at her, pulled her hair, and screamed at her. Throughout the past four years of their relationship, Heard claims Depp has been physically and verbally abusive towards her, citing substance abuse and the most recent incident as stated above, which supposedly resulted in a harsh bruise near the eye.

Heard conveys these alleged struggles in a particularly powerful excerpt of the court filings as follows.

"He has a short fuse. He is often paranoid and his temper is extremely scary for me as it has proven many times to be physically dangerous and/or life-threatening to me."

On the same day of the filing, Heard also sought a domestic violence restraining order, a specific kind of restraining order meant to protect the abused from their attacker, which was granted soon after the original request.

In response to the filing and media explosion thereafter, a representative of Depp's spoke out, explaining how, "Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life."

Depp's divorce attorney, Laura Wasser, is claiming that the divorce is financially motivated, reasoning that Heard "is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse". An LAPD spokesperson has also stated that police saw no evidence of the alleged crime while at the scene. 

Until more information is released, fans and critics of Depp alike will have to wait with bated breath to see where the case travels next.

As this is a developing story, Risen will be paying close attention to new events and details pertaining to the situation at hand. Stay tuned in the upcoming days and weeks for additional information and the current state of affairs.