Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's Restraining Order Hearing Postponed to August
By Antoinette Bueno
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp's restraining order hearing that was set for Friday has been postponed, ET can confirm.
Two hearings have now been set for Monday, Aug. 15 and Tuesday, Aug. 16.
According to TMZ, Depp's lawyers requested that the hearing be postponed so that the estranged couple can settle. Sources close to Depp reportedly say the two are discussing a mutual agreement to both stay away from one another, and also an agreement on property settlement and spousal support. Heard previously asked for $50,000 a month in spousal support.
However, on her end, Heard does not want to settle the domestic violence case, TMZ also reports. Heard is reportedly still ready and willing to go to court on Friday, and take the stand.
Though on Monday, before the postponement, Depp's lawyer, Laura Wasser, filed a motion with the court to prevent Heard’s witnesses from testifying. In court documents obtained by ET, Wasser says Heard's counsel declared that "four or five witnesses" would be called, but claims that Heard's lawyers "did not timely or otherwise file and serve a non-party witness list."
Wasser also claims in the documents that the actress and "the witnesses she refers to in her [Domestic Violence Restraining Order] Request all conveniently made themselves 'unavailable' to be deposed" ahead of the planned June 17 hearing.
The latest legal move comes after Heard's lawyer filed a declaration withdrawing the actress' request for temporary spousal support earlier this week, claiming the initial move was being misinterpreted.
It's being "used against me to distract and divert the public away from the very serious real issue of domestic violence," Heard, 30, claims in court documents obtained by ET. "In light of the coordinated false and negative media campaign falsely depicting my attempts to attain a CLETS Domestic Violence Restraining Order as being financially motivated, I am hereby withdrawing the request...for spousal support."
Heard was granted a temporary restraining order against Depp on May 27, after alleging that Depp was both emotionally and physically abusive towards her throughout their relationship. The 53-year-old actor has not directly responded to the allegations, though in previous court documents, Wasser claimed that Heard is "attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse."
Heard kept her head down amid all the legal back and forth when she stepped out at an office building in Los Angeles on Thursday.