Amber Heard Withdraws Spousal Support Request

By Chika Dunu
Chika Dunu
Chika Dunu
June 15, 2016 Updated: June 15, 2016

The legal team of Amber Heard formally withdrew the actress’ request for temporary spousal support from her estranged husband, Johnny Depp, on June 14 in a Los Angeles Superior court.

Heard said her initial request for spousal support was due to the belief that it was common protocol, but that the request was then used against her. 

It’s being “used against me to distract and divert the public away from the very serious real issue of domestic violence,” Heard claims in the courts document, as reported by Entertainment Tonight.

The document states, “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.”

Depp and Heard began dating in 2011 when the pair met on the set of “The Rum Diary” and would later marry in two ceremonies—once at their West Hollywood home, and again in a beach ceremony in the Bahamas, both in February of 2015.

Heard filed for divorce from the actor on May 23, citing “irreconcilable differences.” Since the announcement of the couple’s split, the pair have been embroiled in controversy, particularly domestic abuse allegations by Heard against Depp.

In her initial filings, Heard asked for spousal support of $50,000 per month—a request Depp was adamantly against.

Depp, 52, filed a response on May 25, asking the court to “terminate the court’s ability to award support” to Heard, as well as have the actress pay her own attorney’s fees. Depp also requested separation of specific assets, including “miscellaneous jewelry,” and earnings made after their separation. 

Heard, who was in “Danish Girl,” revealed that she raked in $259,876 in 2015. However, after her average monthly expenses, she was left with approximately 20 percent of her yearly income—$51,461—after numerous expenses.

The couple married without a prenuptial agreement and share no children.