Depp 'kicked' Heard and 'broke down in tears', new texts allege
Text messages reportedly exchanged between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp's assistant have spoken of further alleged assaults by the actor - including one where he "kicked her".
The text messages were allegedly sent between Heard and Depp's assistant, Stephen Deuters.
The messages claim to be from May 2014 and appear to show previous instances of alleged violence before the couple were married.
The text exchange begins with a message from 'Stephen', who is apologising on behalf of a man purported to be Depp.
"Think he's just texted you. He's incredibly apologetic and knows that he has done wrong," Stephen's text allegedly says.
"He wants to get better now. He's been very explicit about that this morning. Feel like we're at a critical juncture."
Stephen allegedly reiterates that the man purported to be Depp cannot remember what had occurred.
"He was appalled," the message continues. "When I told him he kicked you, he cried. It was disgusting. And he knows it."
Heard reportedly responded by saying that Depp had "done this many times before. Tokyo, the island, London (remember that?!), and I always stay. Always believe he's going to get better... And then every three or so month [sic], I'm in the exact same position."
Meanwhile, new leaked pictures also show alleged abuse at the hands of Depp.
Images picture close-ups of Heard (30) with bruising around her eyes and a bloody lip following an alleged instance of domestic violence inflicted by her estranged husband (52).
They will appear on the front cover of People Magazine's June issue, which goes on sale in the US today.
According to the magazine, the images are from an alleged incident of abuse which took place in December 2015.
In Heard's court filing accusing Depp of domestic violence, she states: "There was one severe incident in December 2015 when I truly feared for my life."
Heard filed for divorce from Depp on May 23, citing irreconcilable differences.
She later appeared in court on May 27, with a bruise visible on her face, alleging Depp threw an iPhone at her face and a month before "grabbed [her] by the hair and violently shoved [her] to the floor".
Depp's lawyer, Laura Wasser, responded by claiming Heard's application for a restraining order was prompted by unfavourable media coverage that she had been subject to and an attempt to "secure a premature financial resolution".