Photos showing the alleged abuse Amber Heard suffered at the hands of Johnny Depp have been released as a series of messages purported to be from Heard have been leaked.
Images show close-ups of Heard, 30, with bruising around her eye and a bloody lip following an alleged instance of domestic violence inflicted by her estranged husband Depp, 52.
They will appear on the front cover of People Magazine’s June issue, which goes on sale in the US on Friday.
According to the magazine, the images are from an alleged incident of abuse which took place in December 2015. In Heard’s court filing accusing Depp of domestic violence, she states: “There was one severe incident in December 2015 when I truly feared for my life.”
Heard filed for divorce from Depp on 23 May, citing irreconcilable differences. She requested Depp pay her legal fees and spousal support but Depp asked a judge to reject these requests.
The couple’s marriage has become increasingly contentious in the following week. Last Friday, Heard was granted a temporary domestic violence restraining order against Depp after she alleged he had been violent towards her on multiple occasions during their 15-month marriage.