Her lips are sealed — for now. Johnny Depp’s lawyer claims in newly filed documents obtained by Us Weekly that Amber Heard is purposely avoiding a deposition under oath in the week leading up to her scheduled June 17 court date with the actor.
Laura Wasser, Depp’s divorce attorney, recently filed papers accusing Heard, 30, of evading a deposition by saying that both she and her best friend Raquel Pennington are unavailable to make any statements on record, despite a previously agreed-upon June 10 meeting.
In the documents, Wasser asserts that both she and Heard’s lawyers had planned to have a settlement conference on Friday, June 10, but when those plans fell through and Wasser thought to use the day to take Heard’s deposition, the actress was suddenly unavailable.
“Amber is trying to put Johnny on trial through the media,” a source close to Depp, 53, says in the new issue of Us Weekly. The Alice Through the Looking Glass actor has thus far remained silent about Heard’s divorce filings and abuse allegations.
Heard first filed for divorce from Depp on May 23, after 15 months of marriage, and was granted a restraining order several days later, on May 27.
Photos of the actress with facial bruising and a cut lip have since surfaced, as have texts reportedly exchanged between Heard and Depp’s assistant Stephen Deuters regarding the actor’s alleged behavior. (Deuters has since told TMZ that the text messages were heavily doctored.)
Though sources close to Depp are skeptical of Heard’s motivations, those in the actress’ camp insist that she simply wants to get out of what they say is a bad situation.
“This isn’t about money,” a pal tells Us. “All Amber did was try to get out of a marriage because she was suffering from abuse.”
According to court documents obtained by Us Weekly, Heard has requested $50,000 a month in spousal support. Wasser has asked the judge to reject Heard’s request, claiming that the actress is using allegations of abuse to secure financial gain.
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