Amber Heard accuses ex Johnny Depp of delaying divorce to 'punish' her
The 30-year-old actress has accused the Pirates of the Caribbean star of allegedly dragging out their court case. Court documents filed by Amber's attorney Pierce O'Donnell features a statement from the Magic Mike XXL star where she writes, "Johnny seems to wish to prolong this proceeding as a means of punishing me ... I want my life back. I want to be divorced from Johnny now." O'Donnell also called for "the prompt dissolution of marriage" whilst alleging Depp "frustrated the final settlement of this matter at every turn through his relentless, mean-spirited campaign against Heard".
In the documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight, O'Donnell adds: "Indeed, if [Depp] were truly interested in settlement (rather than in perpetuating his feud with [Heard] and forcing her to pay attorneys' fees), he would have devoted his efforts to completing the required two forms of settlement, which still lack complete signatures from his attorneys, and would have cooperated in other actions required by the DPM [Deal Point Memorandum], rather than wasting the resources of the Court with this bad faith request."
It comes after Johnny claimed Amber is seeking more money in their settlement in order to "extend her fifteen minutes of fame". Legal documents submitted by Johnny state: "Amber is now courting renewed media attention with this unnecessary Request for Order. "Her application is not only a blatant attempt to extend her fifteen minutes of fame but also a waste of the Court's limited time and resources and an embarrassing grab for addition and unwarranted attorney's fees. Whilst Amber claimed: "I have been committed to a quick resolution of this matter so that I can be divorced from [Depp]."In December, Amber filed legal documents claiming Johnny Depp has not paid the divorce settlement, according to US reports. The Danish Girl actress had reached an agreement with the 52-year-old actor in August that he would pay her $7 million, which she wanted to be donated to charity, but her legal team has filed a Request for Order with Los Angeles Superior Court accusing the actor of failing to pay the money. And as well as the money and requesting fees and costs up to $35,435, the attorneys claims Johnny has also failed to comply with various other mandates, including the division of personal property, transferring a Range Rover into the 30-year-old star's name, shipping her belongings from his private Bahamas island, and his outstanding debts incurred from cars, jewelry and stylist fees.
A declaration written by Amber alleges Johnny broke their agreement by paying his initial $200,000 donation to charity directly, rather than to the actress, and slammed claims she had "violated the confidentiality provisions" of their settlement. She wrote: "Instead, when Johnny learned that I planned to donate my entire marital settlement to charities, Johnny purported to satisfy his obligation to pay me by supposedly paying the charities I selected instead of me. "He also claimed that I violated the confidentiality provisions of the [Deal Point Memorandum] by announcing that I was donating my settlement to charities. "In fact, I made those donations in good faith and I was responding to the leaks by Johnny's agents bragging that I had settled for substantially less than a reported, earlier offered sum and attempting to label me a gold digger."
It has been speculated Johnny has withheld payments because he believes Amber has breached their confidentiality agreement in her two recent pieces about domestic violence, despite never referring to her ex-husband by name in either the public service announcement she contributed to, or the open letter she penned for a news outlet.