Daughter, ex-partner defend Johnny Depp over abuse claims

Amber Heard was granted a restraining order against Johnny Depp, who she is also divorcing.
Amber Heard was granted a restraining order against Johnny Depp, who she is also divorcing.

IT HAS the potential to be the most bitter Hollywood split in recent memory, but the women who have known Johnny Depp the longest -- including his daughter, ex-wife and long-term partner -- have all vigorously defended the star.

Most dramatically, his daughter Lily-Rose Depp took to Instagram with a photo of her as a child, describing her father as "the sweetest most loving person I know, he's been nothing but a wonderful father to my little brother and I, and everyone who knows him would say the same".

Depp's current wife Amber Heard has slapped the Pirates of the Caribbean star with a temporary restraining order after claiming he physically abused her.

The pair were married for 15 months.

After filing for divorce last week, Heard claimed Depp went on a violent rampage fuelled by drugs and liquor. She said it was during that tirade that he smashed an iPhone into her face.

Depp's daughter isn't the only one standing by the brooding star.

The mother of his two children and his long-term partner for 16 years Vanessa Paradis said the claims were "outrageous".

She said he was a "sensitive, loving and loved person".

"In all the years I have known Johnny, he has never been physically abusive with me and this looks nothing like the man I lived with for 14 wonderful years," she said.

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis
Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis Bang Showbiz

His ex-wife Lori Anne Allison -- who was married to Depp for two years in the mid-1980s -- said the same.

She said Depp was a "soft person" who never even screamed.

Heard has asked the courts to give her the house they lived in, their dogs Pistol and Boo -- who became notorious when they visited Australia last year -- a Range Rover and "spousal support".

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