Johnny Depp Files for Confidentiality Agreement to Keep Amber Heard Divorce Proceedings Private

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard on November 21, 2015 in Westwood, California.  Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Johnny Depp wants Amber Heard to keep certain details of their divorce proceedings confidential to protect their privacy. According to court documents obtained by Us Weekly, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, 53, filed the request on Friday, July 15.

According to the papers, “All documents produced by [Depp] in this action and/or any third parties subpoenaed in this action … shall be designated as ‘Confidential Information’ herein.”

Depp’s request comes after 30-year-old Heard, who filed for divorce from the actor this past May after 15 months of marriage, requested financial and more personal documents.

“Johnny does not dispute that Amber is entitled to the majority of the information sought in her discovery requests and subpoena,” the document states. “He is willing to produce the documents necessary for Amber’s evaluation of the relevant issues in this case, such as division of community estate and spousal support. He has asked, however, that a confidentially agreement be executed prior to the production of documents in order to protect the parties’ privacy.”

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard on November 21, 2015, in Westwood, California. Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

As the actor’s filing notes, “This case has been extraordinarily public since its inception."

The problem for Depp, however, is that Heard reportedly refuses to sign the agreement.

“Amber has inexplicably refused to sign any agreement to maintain confidentiality in this action,” the filing claims. “Johnny is therefore asking the Court to issue a protective order.”

The filing also claims that Depp’s legal team sent a proposed confidentiality agreement to Heard’s lawyer on May 27, but that the actress’ attorney allegedly said neither she nor Heard would sign the agreement. His team sent another request on June 30, according to the court documents.

As previously reported by Us, the Danish Girl actress filed a restraining order against the Edward Scissorhands star days after filing for divorce, claiming that Depp abused her throughout their marriage.

His lawyer, Laura Wasser, has previously denied the allegations.

A court hearing has been scheduled for September 8. 

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