Amber Heard broke up with her billionaire boyfriend, Elon Musk, earlier this week. The couple said that they would always remains friends. But her split from ex-husband Johnny Depp wasn’t quite as smooth. It got attention for all the wrong reasons.
Heard filed for divorce from Depp in May 2016. Five days later, she had a restraining order put out against him, alleging that he had been “verbally and physically abusive” throughout their relationship, with the latest incident of violence having taken place only two days before she filed for divorce.
In the following months, Heard’s lawyers prepared evidence to back her claim of abuse. They produced photos of injuries and text conversations. Depp’s disgruntled managers (with whom he was involved in a lawsuit) also alleged that he had been physically abusive towards her.
The divorce was finalised in early 2017, and she was given $7 million as part of the settlement. “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,” the exes said in a joint statement.
Here are six other infamous cases of domestic abuse in Hollywood
Sean Penn and Madonna were married from 1985-89.
For years, it was rumoured that Sean Penn used to regularly abuse Madonna while they were married in the ‘80s – in one instance, he even attacked her with a baseball bat. But when filmmaker Lee Daniels brought it up, and was subsequently handed a $10 million lawsuit by Penn, Madonna came to his defence. “While we certainly had more than one heated argument during our marriage, Sean has never struck me,” she said in a statement.
Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller were married from 2008-11.
In 2009, the Two and a Half Men star was arrested on charges of felony menacing, as well as third-degree assault and criminal mischief after allegedly attempting to choke wife Brooke Mueller. In April 2016, it was announced that Sheen was under investigation by the LAPD stalking unit for threatening to kill his former fiancée Scottine Ross.
Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva were a couple for one year – 2009-10.
In 2010, Gibson plead guilty to misdemeanour battery charge after allegedly assaulting his then partner Oksana Grigorieva. In July of the same year, he was recorded using racist language against Grigorieva.
In 1997, Slater was convicted of assaulting then girlfriend, Michelle Jonas, under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He was sentenced to serve 100 days in a rehab facility, three months in prison, and three months in residential rehab. In 2005, he was arrested for sexually harassing a woman in a New York street.
Josh Brolin and Diane Lane were married from 2004-2013.
In 2004, Brolin’s then wife, Diane Lane, pressed domestic violence charges against the actor. The charges were later dropped, and the incident was ruled a misunderstanding
Nicolas Cage has been married to Alice Kim since 2004. They have been separated since 2016.
In 2011, Cage was arrested in New Orleans on charges domestic abuse battery and disturbing the peace after he allegedly got into an argument with then wife Alice Kim. He was reportedly heavily intoxicated.
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