Amber Heard Retracts Spousal Support Request

Danish Girl actress' divorce proceedings with Johnny Depp take another turn

By Francesca Bacardi Jun 14, 2016 3:44 PMTags
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Amber Heard's attorney has filed a declaration to withdraw the actress' temporary spousal support request. The issue would have been addressed in Friday's restraining order hearing, but the actress has requested it be removed.

When Heard filed for divorce, she requested $50,000 per month, but a judge denied it after granting her a temporary restraining order.

According to documents obtained by E! News, Heard says she asked for me because she thought it was standard procedure in a divorce case. Heard claims in the documents that the request is being "used against me to distract and divert the public away from the very serious real issue of domestic violence."

The documents also read, "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 with drawing the request...for spousal support." The documents make clear, however, that she can request spousal support down the line.

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The decision to withdraw the spousal support request comes about a week after Heard tried to postpone giving an official deposition, according to court documents obtained by E! News. As reported by TMZ, the actress and her best friend Raquel Pennington won't be available for a deposition before the scheduled evidentiary hearing on June 17 because she would be in New Jersey for a friend's engagement party. She then has to fly to London for a fitting for Justice League, her lawyer Samantha Spector reportedly told a judge Friday.

Depp's attorney, Laura Wasser, wanted to hold the deposition before Heard became unavailable. Spector, however, wanted to push back the hearing so that she and Heard could have more time to prepare their case. Wasser, on the other hand, wanted to hold it as soon as possible to avoid potential damage to Depp's career.

If Heard receives a permanent restraining order against Depp, the circumstances surrounded spousal support could change, but she wouldn't see large numbers. "The spousal support is going to be rather slim because they were only married for 15 months, so that means usually they give one and a half to two times the amount of the time they were married," attorney Troy Slaten explained to E! News. "She would be looking at a maximum of 30 months for spousal support."

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