Johnny Depp Requests Confidentiality Agreement To Keep His Divorce From Amber Heard Private
In the two months since Amber Heard and Johnny Depp unexpectedly announced their divorce, everything about their proceedings has been made very public, from the restraining order that Heard filed to statements friends and family of the former couple have made in defense of and against Depp. But now, that all may change. According to documents obtained by Us Weekly, Depp has requested a confidentiality agreement that would keep details of their divorce private going forward. This means that the documents Heard has requested from Depp would not make their way out of the courtroom if he gets his way.
And it sounds like this isn't the first time Depp has tried to keep these details from getting out. In the paperwork, which was filed July 15, Depp's lawyer, Laura Wasser, states that they have asked Heard to sign a confidentiality agreement twice so far but were reportedly denied both times. If he's granted this request, Heard would have to comply ahead of their next hearing, which is scheduled for September 8. As the filing states, the case so far has been "extraordinarily public," and Depp wants to be protected in advance of any more information hitting the media.
The request says:
Johnny does not dispute that Amber is entitled to the majority of the information sought in her discovery requests and subpoena. He is willing to produce the documents necessary for Amber’s evaluation of the relevant issues in this case, such as division of community estate and spousal support. He has asked, however, that a confidentially agreement be executed prior to the production of documents in order to protect the parties’ privacy.
Heard first filed for a restraining order against Depp in May, alleging domestic abuse. Depp's lawyer has denied this, releasing the following statement on May 27: "Amber is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse." In June, it was reported that she plans to testify against Depp in court as they proceed with their plans to go their separate ways. Shortly afterward, Heard also withdrew her request for spousal support.
Depp's statement — via his lawyer to The Hollywood Reporter — remains the same:
Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life. Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly.