In a shocking allegation to the New York Post, Heard's friend says she feared for the star after Depp allegedly tried to smother his wife with a pillow during a drunken altercation, noted to also be in December. The woman claims Heard texted her, and she found the actress battered and bruised when she arrived to the couple's Los Angeles home.
"I got to her apartment to find her with a cut and bruised lip, a swollen eye and a chunk of hair missing from the top of her head," the friend recalled to Page Six. "This incident really stuck with me because she confided in me that day that she feared for her life after an intoxicated Johnny tried to suffocate her with a pillow."
In Heard's court filing for the restraining order, she claims that "there was one severe incident in December 2015 when I truly feared for my life." Heard also says that during the "entirety" of their relationship, Depp had been "verbally and physically abusive" to her.
Meanwhile, sources for ET claim that Heard told some close friends that Depp injured his hand punching a wall during an argument they had in Australia in March 2015, when he was filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Depp did in fact suffer an injury to his right hand last March, and had to fly back to the United States to receive medical treatment and surgery, ET confirmed at the time.
Heard filed for divorce from the 52-year-old actor on May 23 after 15 months of marriage, and Depp's divorce attorney, Laura Wasser, said in court documents that she's "attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse." The two are due back in court on June 17.