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Amber Heard gets restraining order against Johnny Depp

In this Jan. 2 file photo, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp arrive at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, Calif. (Jordan Strauss / Invision/AP)
In this Jan. 2 file photo, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp arrive at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, Calif. (Jordan Strauss / Invision/AP)
By Libby Hill and Kate Mather Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES – Amber Heard was granted a restraining order against husband Johnny Depp on Friday, after appearing at the courthouse with a bruised face and alleging the “Alice in Wonderland” actor had physically abused her prior to her filing for divorce on Monday.

Though the judge granted Heard a temporary restraining order that requires Depp to stay 100 yards away from her until a further hearing next month, several of Heard’s additional requests were denied, including spousal support and an order to protect one of the couple’s dogs from Depp, according to court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Photographs of the actress with what appears to be a bruise surrounding her right eye and damage inside the couple’s loft were submitted with the request.

Los Angeles police officers went to the couple’s downtown loft Saturday after receiving information from police in New York, said Capt. Don Graham, who oversees the LAPD’s Central Division. A woman had called New York police, saying “her friend Amber in L.A. was in a domestic dispute with her husband, Johnny Depp,” Graham said.

When officers arrived at the loft, Graham said, they spoke with Heard, who was alone at the home. “At the time, there was no evidence” of a crime, he said, adding that Heard told the officers it was a “verbal dispute only.”

The officers handed their business cards to Heard, then left the loft, Graham said.

An LAPD spokesman said early Friday afternoon that there was no active investigation into Depp, saying no crime involving the actor had been reported to police.

“We are more than willing to investigate all crimes that are reported to us,” said Capt. Andy Neiman, a department spokesman. “At this point, we have no crime.”

Depp performed with his band, Hollywood Vampires, at the Rock in Rio music festival in Lisbon, Portugal, on Friday. Before the performance, the actor and band members, including Alice Cooper, fitted and adjusted hearing aids on an elderly woman as part of an initiative with Starkey Hearing Foundation, which provides hearing aids to impoverished individuals worldwide.

On Thursday, a representative for the actor released a statement to news organizations saying, “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.”

Depp’s mother, Betty Sue Palmer, 81, died May 20 in Los Angeles after a long illness.

Depp, who emerged as a teen idol in TV’s “21 Jump Street” in the 1980s and burnished his acting credentials with distinctive ‘90s film roles like “Edward Scissorhands” and “Donnie Brasco,” evolved into one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars thanks to the moody, quixotic characters he has played in juggernaut Disney franchises.

This weekend, Depp reprises one of those roles, as the Mad Hatter in “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” a visual effects-driven adventure story that is not expected to match the box office success of its 2010 predecessor, a surprise hit.

A spokeswoman for Disney declined to comment on the actor’s recent personal issues.

Depp also has wrapped production on the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film, due in 2017. The first four films in that series, which rely heavily on the actor’s charisma as Capt. Jack Sparrow and which earned him an Oscar nomination for the 2003 original, have grossed more than $3.7 billion worldwide.

Heard, 30, and Depp began dating in 2012, after meeting during the filming of 2011’s “The Rum Diary,” based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel of the same name. That same year, Depp separated from girlfriend of 14 years Vanessa Paradis, with whom the Academy Award nominee has two children.

Depp, 52, married Heard in February 2015, after the pair had dated for three years.

The couple made headlines recently for the stilted PSA they made for the Australian government about declaring living things when entering the country. The video was created in response to charges against Heard for providing false documentation for her dogs when entering Australia in May 2015.

Representatives for Depp and Heard did not immediately respond to the Los Angeles Times’ requests for comment.

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