Los Angeles — 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 on Tuesday that the hearing will begin 17 August, two days later than planned. Moor ordered the delay after concluding the hearing may take up to five days.
The domestic violence allegations are one aspect of the actors' contentious divorce. Heard filed to divorce Depp on 23 May, 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.
Depp's lawyer has denied the allegations, and she said on Tuesday he wants the hearing concluded as quickly as possible. "This is weighing heavily on my client," attorney Laura Wasser said.
If Heard prevails, the restraining order against Depp could be extended for up to five years.
Heard wants to call Depp as a hostile witness during the proceedings.
Moor ordered Heard to sit for a deposition on Friday and Depp to give sworn testimony in advance of the hearing on Saturday.
Depp will not be allowed to attend Heard's deposition, Moor ruled.
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