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Amber Heard, Johnny Depp, Abuse, People

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Warning: The photos contained in this article contain graphic imagery that may be disturbing to readers.

As the battle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard escalates in the court of public opinion, new photos have surfaced depicting an alleged past incident of abuse by the actor.

In additional images acquired by Peoplethe 30-year-old Danish Girl actress is photographed with her hair pulled away from her face, a cut lip and seemingly bruised eye. The injuries were allegedly inflicted by Depp in December 2015, as reported by the magazine. 

According to court documents obtained by E! News from Heard's domestic violence restraining order filing, the actress described a December event that possibly correlates with the alleged timeline of these new photos. 

"There also have been several prior incidents of domestic violence with Johnny, in particular there was one severe incident in December 2015 when I truly feared that my life was in danger," she said in her declaration, but did not provide any more information on that altercation. 

Amber Heard, Leaving Court

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Most recently, the actress presented a similar photo, obtained by E! News, as evidence in court on May 27, showing what appears to be a bruise on her right eye.

"Amber has suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny," Hear's lawyers Samantha F. Spector and co-counsel Joseph P. Koenig told E! News in a statement. 

"Amber is simply a victim of domestic violence, and none of her actions are motivated by money. Amber is a brave and financially independent woman who is showing the courage of her convictions by doing the right thing against Johnny's relentless army of lawyers and surrogates."

Amber Heard

Though the actress' legal team claims Depp's abuse has been ongoing for years, her recent legal action stems from the evening of May 21. Heard described in court documents obtained by E! News that Depp arrived to their penthouse drunk and high on that Saturday night, made "paranoid and irrational accusations" against her and ultimately pulled her hair, struck her with a cellphone and violently grabbed her face.

An unidentified third party contacted the Los Angeles Police Department, but when officers arrived at the home, an LAPD spokesperson told E! News the "alleged victim" decided not to file a report and police concluded no crime had occurred and left.

At the time of Heard's divorce filing on May 23, Depp's rep told E! News in a statement, "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." We have reached out to Depp's team for additional comment in light of these most recent allegations. 

For more information on domestic abuse or to get help for yourself or someone you love, visit the website for The National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233.