Last Monday, May 23, the "Rum Diary" actress filed for divorce from her superstar husband. Five days later, the blonde sent shock waves through Hollywood when she showed up to Los Angeles court with a bruise under her eye, filing for a restraining order against the "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor and alleging that her estranged husband had been abusive during their 15-month marriage. News outlets, bloggers, celebrities and more have all been whipped into a media melee over the shocking claims, but a source close to Amber says the actress knows that coming forward is what she needed to do.
"This has been incredibly upsetting for Amber but she knows she is doing the right thing," the source told E! News. "It has been very traumatic for her to finally speak out, but she needs to do what she can to protect herself."
The sourced added, "She tried to hide what was really happening in the marriage from most of her friends because she wanted to believe that it would get better. That things would change. But ultimately they didn't and so she had to do what she did to stop it." The E! News' source continued, "What she has done has taken a lot of courage."
On Friday, May 27, a judge granted the 30-year-old a temporary restraining order against the 52-year-old. The actress alleged that the actor had physically assault her when he hurled an iPhone at her face during an argument that they'd had on May 21.
Refuting the allegations, Johnny's rep told E! News, "Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life. Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly."
However a quick resolution seems far from possible given the public nature of the allegations and the stature of the actor's career.
In court documents, Amber alleged that, "During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me. I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him."
The "Magic Mike XXL" star also claimed that at her 30th birthday party on April 21, 2016 that the Golden Globe winner got violent.
Amber alleges in the documents that at the party that during an argument, Johnny "was also screaming and threatening me." She continued that after that fight that she, "did not see Johnny again for another month."
It seems like things took a turn for worse when they did finally meet up again …
Johnny is currently touring Europe with his band the Hollywood Vampires, which features Alice Cooper and Joe Perry. The band is set to take the stage at Grona Lund amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden on Monday, May 30, however a social media campaign has called for a boycott of the show amid the actor's domestic abuse allegations.
Despite the call to boycott, a spokesperson for Gröna Lund amusement park, Annika Troselius, told People, "We are opposed to any sort of violence, of course. But it's also equally important that we cannot judge someone beforehand. Everyone, including Johnny Depp, should be allowed to have the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty."
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