Johnny Depp reportedly accuses Amber Heard of 'punching him twice in the face' in lawsuit
The last few months haven't exactly been kind to Johnny Depp, have they? The actor has been faced with accusations surrounding his allegedly abusive relationship with Amber Heard, marring his legacy and brand. Not only this, but the actor, 55, also entered a legal war with Joel Mandel, claiming that he mismanaged his finances and has left him in financial turmoil.
While Depp's spending habits are now a commonly-known facet of his personality, his divorce from Amber Heard has been the subject of hearsay and gossip for many months - with accusations being thrown from both sides. Now, however, Depp has reportedly accused his ex-wife in court papers of "punching him twice in the face" for being late to her birthday party in April 2016.
According to a report by the Mirror on Tuesday, the 55-year-old Pirates of The Caribbean superstar made the allegations as part of a libel lawsuit against the Sun newspaper in the High Court.
Depp is suing the paper after an April 2018 article branded him as a wife beater and criticised the choice to cast him in the Harry Potter spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald.
Court papers filed by Depp's lawyers in the Queen's Bench Division claimed he arrived two hours late for his wife's birthday dinner. The papers allege that Heard, 32, "began criticising the claimant for being late," according to court papers.
The documents go on to assert that Depp was "not drunk or high on drugs" and was in bed when "Ms Heard, who had been drinking, became aggressive and violent... punching him twice in the face."
They then claim that the actor "defended himself by grabbing Ms Heard's arms to stop her punching again and told her to stop," according to the court filing.
"He pushed her away on to the bed and told her he was leaving and that she should not follow him," the papers added.
Depp's defence team also made sure to reference a 2016 argument that Heard had previously cited during her request for a restraining order against her estranged husband after filing for divorce.
In the restraining order request, Heard alleged that Depp had "violently attacked" her while in their Los Angeles penthouse. She claims that Depp became hostile and threw a cell phone at her face with "extreme force."
Despite there being photos of Heard with bruises on her face, Depp submitted depositions from two police officers who claimed that they saw no marks on Heard when they arrived at the scene of the incident.
"When one of the officers asked Ms Heard what had happened she responded 'nothing,'" the documents added.
The filing also claims that Depp's security team rushed into the penthouse after hearing Heard screaming.
"The security observed [Depp] standing in the kitchen, far away from Ms Heard. At that moment, Ms Heard yelled, 'Stop hitting me, Johnny' into the phone. The claimant was not hitting Ms Heard. Ms Heard was about 25 feet away," the court documents claimed.
However, while Depp may have gone to the High Court to clear his name, an attorney for Heard has strongly challenged the claims that he has made.
''These allegations are totally false. One needs only read the recent Rolling Stone article about Mr Depp and the lawsuit filed against him by a location manager, among many other recent news stories and lawsuits, to understand his state of mind,"' the attorney told the Mirror.
The former-couple have endured a messy and confusing divorce, and that looks set to rumble on. You can expect to hear about this one for months.