Things are getting even uglier between estranged husband and wife Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. In addition to claims the “Alice Through the Looking Glass” actor was physically abusive, Heard and her team of lawyers now say that he is intentionally gumming up the works.
According to a report from Us Weekly, documents filed by Heard suggest that Depp, 53, and his team have filed motions that would “impose undue financial hardships” on her. She also alleges that her husband is trying to slow down or stop the legal proceedings against him, adding that his doing so should be considered “blatant threats” toward her. Heard states that he is holding her and her team back by refusing to comply with their demands — no matter how basic.
“[Depp] and his counsel’s demand for the execution of these two non-disclosure agreements which impose undue financial hardships and burdens on [Heard] are nothing but blatant threats by [Depp] and are illustrative of his continued attempts to thwart real progress in this case,” the document states. “[Depp] has been stonewalling the progress of this case, by refusing to provide the most basic financial documents, and he is now filing his second ex parte on the same discovery issue coupled with a second request to continue court-ordering deadlines related to the DVRO hearing.”
Heard’s filing comes just days after it was reported that Depp had taken steps to ensure that the details of their divorce were kept private. Entertainment Tonight was able to obtain documents filed by the actor’s legal team which asked that a privacy agreement be put in place before he and Heard, 30, discussed their divorce any further. In the paperwork he addressed his estranged wife’s request for copies of his financial documents, claiming that he would be happy to comply if she agreed to sign his confidentiality agreement. At the time, Heard had been presented with two prior privacy agreements. Depp’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, said that the “Magic Mike XXL” star refused to sign either agreement. She also speculated that Heard and her team had been releasing details of her and Depp’s divorce to the media.
“Amber’s need for financial information to resolve this case is distinct from the public’s appetite for information about celebrity divorces,” Wasser said. “Amber has inexplicably refused to sign any agreement to maintain confidentiality in this action.”
The constant publicity surrounding their divorce has allowed for commentary from a number of outsiders. Winona Ryder, who dated Depp in the early 90s, weighed in on allegations that the actor had been abusive to Heard. Without discrediting Heard’s claims, Ryder told Time magazine that she was “shocked” to heard that Depp may have caused a woman physical harm. She recalled her ex as being “a really good, loving, caring guy,” but added that she could only comment what she had experienced while dating him many years prior.
“I can only speak from my own experience, which was wildly different that what is being said,” she told Time during the interview. “He was never, never that way toward me. Never abusive at all toward me.”