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Johnny Depp's wife Amber Heard accuses him of assault

Amber Heard, shown in a photo with a bruised face Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Ms Heard included photos of her bruised face in the court filing

A US judge has ordered actor Johnny Depp to stay away from his estranged wife, actress Amber Heard, after she alleged he assaulted her.

Ms Heard said in court on Friday that Mr Depp threw her mobile phone at her during a fight on Saturday.

The judge also said Mr Depp should not try to contact Ms Heard.

On Monday, she filed for divorce from the Pirates of the Caribbean actor after 15 months of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.

Ms Heard brought a photograph of herself with a bruised cheek and eye to the Los Angeles Superior Court.

"I live in fear that Johnny will return to (our house) unannounced to terrorise me, physically and emotionally,'' Ms Heard wrote in a sworn declaration.

She said the actor was high on drugs and drunk when the incident occurred, and that he had pulled her hair, screamed at her, grabbed her face and hit her.

Her filing alleged a history of abuse throughout the relationship.

Media captionHer face still showed injuries when she appeared in court
Image copyright AP
Image caption The pair have been married for 15 months

"The judge has reviewed the evidence that we presented," Ms Heard's lawyer Joseph Koenig told reporters outside court.

"He issued a restraining order based on the evidence that he received and there will be a further hearing."

Mr Depp's lawyer wrote in a court filing that the actor would agree to a mutual-stay order. He is currently in Portugal with his band Hollywood Vampires.

Mr Depp, 52, and Ms Heard, 30, met while co-starring in the 2011 film The Rum Diary. They have no children.

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