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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard divorce agreed as abuse claims are withdrawn

By Laura Harding

Published 17/08/2016

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have reached a settlement to end their 18-month marriage
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have reached a settlement to end their 18-month marriage

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard settled their contentious divorce yesterday - a day before a restraining order hearing was scheduled to begin.

The actress also withdrew allegations that the actor had been physically abusive towards her.

"Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love," a joint statement released by Heard (30) and Depp (53) said.

"Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm."

Heard filed for divorce in May and just days later obtained a temporary restraining order accusing the Pirates Of The Caribbean star of hitting her during a fight in their Los Angeles apartment in May.

Depp denied he abused her and police said they found no evidence of a crime.

Heard also accused him of repeatedly hitting her and throwing a mobile phone during the fight, and a judge ordered Depp not to contact Heard and to stay 100 yards away from her.

A hearing on the case had been scheduled to commence today.

Heard accused Depp of being abusive throughout their relationship, which began after they met on the set of the 2011 film The Rum Diary.

It was reported that she included a photo of the actor's bloody finger in court documents after he allegedly cut off the tip by accident in a fit of rage.

Depp also dipped his butchered finger in blue paint and wrote "Starring Billy Bob Easy Amber" on a mirror, the papers in Heard's domestic abuse case against the actor reportedly claimed.

The writing refers to Billy Bob Thornton, according to Heard, who was her co-star in The Informers, and who Depp believed she was having an affair with.

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