Hearing on Johnny Depp domestic violence allegations delayed

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A hearing on Amber Heard's allegations that Johnny Depp physically abused her is expected to last up to a week, prompting a judge on Tuesday to delay its start.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl H Moor ruled that the hearing will begin on August 17, two days later than planned. The judge ordered the delay after concluding the hearing may take up to five days.

Amber Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp on May 23
Amber Heard (pictured in January) filed for divorce from Johnny Depp on May 23 - they were married for 15 months (Rich Fury/AP/Press Association Images)

The domestic violence allegations are one aspect of the actors' contentious divorce. Amber filed to divorce Johnny on May 23, and a few days later obtained a temporary restraining order after accusing the actor of repeatedly hitting her during a fight in their Los Angeles apartment.

Johnny's lawyer has denied the allegations, and she said Tuesday he wants the hearing concluded as quickly as possible. "This is weighing heavily on my client," lawyer Laura Wasser said.

If Amber prevails, the restraining order against Johnny could be extended for up to five years.

A photo submitted to Los Angeles Superior Court by actress Amber Heard showing her bruised face
A photo submitted to Los Angeles Superior Court by actress Amber Heard showing her bruised face (PA)

Amber wants to call Johnny as a hostile witness during the proceedings.

Moor ordered Amber to sit for a deposition on Friday and Johnny to give sworn testimony in advance of the hearing on Saturday.

Johnny will not be allowed to attend Amber's deposition, Moor ruled.

Amber accused Johnny of repeatedly hitting her and throwing a mobile phone during a fight in their Los Angeles apartment in May. A judge ordered Johnny to not contact Amber and stay 100 yards away from her.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard (Shizuo Kambayashi/AP)

Los Angeles police responded to their apartment, but the person who made the call declined to file charges and officers determined no crime occurred.

Amber has alleged in court filings that there was abuse throughout their relationship, which started after they met on the set of the 2011 film The Rum Diary.