Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Before Brangelina parted ways, Johnny Depp's divorce from actress Amber Heard was the biggest Hollywood split of the year.
After a mere 15 months of marriage, 30-year-old Heard filed for divorce from the 53-year-old Depp citing verbal and physical abuse throughout their marriage. Despite reports that Heard was demanding $50,000 a month in alimony, the two reached a settlement that saw Depp pay Heard a one-time $7 million settlement—which the actress proceeded to donate, in its entirety, to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union.
"I know these organizations will put the funds to good use and look forward to continuing to support them in the future," she said. "Hopefully, this experience results in a positive change in the lives of people who need it the most."
Right from the start Heard claimed she was a victim of domestic violence—a widely circulated photo of her sans makeup revealed what appeared to be a reddish bruise on her cheek. She said it was the result of Depp throwing an iPhone at her.
So, was he an abusive husband during their marriage? Did he try to smother her, as she's also claimed?
His ex-partner and mother of his children, Vanessa Paradis, along with his daughter leaped to his defense: "In all the years I have known Johnny he has never been physically abusive with me and this looks nothing like the man I lived with for 14 wonderful years," Paradis wrote.
But Heard came forward with pictures and text messages when she first filed her restraining order that she said proved her case.
In the end, the actors have settled and parted ways. Depp recently completed a tour with his band Hollywood Vampires and Heard is filming the latest DC Comics movie, Justice League.
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