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Amber Heard, Johnny Depp Settlement Hits a Wall

8/15/2016 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0809-amber-heard-johnny-depp-tmzTMZ has learned there's a stalemate in the legal war between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp ... and it all has to do with a joint statement about what happened -- or didn't happen -- on May 21.

Sources connected with Amber tell TMZ, the sticking point is that Amber wants a joint statement in which Johnny admits he committed domestic violence. Our Amber sources say Johnny's people came back loud and clear -- he will NEVER sign a document in which he admits to domestic violence because he never committed it.  

We've been reporting Amber demanded a phenomenal amount of money for their 15-month marriage ... the parties have settled on around $8 million, including lawyers' fees, but she wanted a lot more. Mind you -- all she'd be entitled to is half the earnings that were left after taxes and living expenses, and we're told they spent a lot of money together.

And we've learned Amber has hired a new lawyer to helm her case -- famed attorney Pierce O'Donnell, who recently repped Shelly Sterling in the Donald Sterling saga

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Johnny Depp Cuts Off Fingertip in Fit of Rage ... Amber Claims

8/15/2016 9:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

814-launch-johnny-depp-finger-tmzJohnny Depp accidentally cut off his fingertip in a fit of rage ... then dipped the stump in dark blue paint and wrote on the wall in paint and blood the name "Billy Bob" -- the actor with whom Johnny accused Amber Heard of cheating -- this according to Amber and her people.

TMZ has obtained this gruesome photo of Johnny's butchered finger -- WARNING ... EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO LOOK AT. It's an exhibit in her domestic violence case against Johnny.

We're told the incident went down in March of last year, just a month after Amber and Johnny married. They were in a villa in Australia when a fierce argument erupted.  

According to Amber's version of events Johnny, who was drunk and high on ecstasy, smashed several bottles and windows and also slammed a plastic phone against the wall unit. She claims a piece of one of the items cut off a portion of the middle finger on his right hand.

814-johnny-depp-mirror-tmzAmber's version goes on ... she's a painter and had dark blue paint in the room. She claims Johnny dipped what remained of his forefinger in the paint and then used the gnarly digit to write various words on a mirror, including "Billy Bob" and "Easy Amber."

Amber had done a movie with Billy Bob Thornton and she claims Johnny accused the 2 of sleeping together -- something she strongly denied, adding he accused her of infidelity with other men as well. 

Amber's people say Johnny didn't get medical help for nearly 24 hours, so doctors could not reattach the fingertip ... they used a flap from his hand to sew on a new tip.

It's the latest twist in an acrimonious case. A video leaked Friday of Johnny in a rage, smashing a wine bottle and glass.

Johnny Depp Goes Off on Amber ... Smashes Wine Glass, Bottle

8/12/2016 7:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Johnny Depp went crazy on Amber Heard in their kitchen, throwing a wine bottle and glass ... and she videotaped it. 

We're told the video was shot months before the May 21 incident in which Amber claims Johnny struck her.

Amber asks Johnny if he drank a bottle of wine and tries to calm him down. She says she was sorry for something although she was not specific.   

Johnny isn't having it, and appears out of control. After throwing the glass and bottle, you see him swiping at Amber's phone ... trying to get it from her.

Sources connected with Johnny tell TMZ ... the video is "heavily edited" and there are portions where Amber is seen smiling and egging him on. The sources add the video was a complete set up by Amber.

It's also likely the tape would not be admissible in court, partly because it's edited but more importantly because it appears he does not know he's being videotaped and she'd have to get his permission. We've learned, however, the tape is specifically entered in an exhibit in Amber's case. 

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Keshia Knight Pulliam Ed's Trying To Kill Our Unborn Baby

8/13/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0811-keshia-knight-pulliam-ed-hartwell-tmz-gettyKeshia Knight Pulliam says her estranged husband, Ed Hartwell, is so abusive, so violent, so diabolical ... he has plotted to kill their unborn child.

Keshia claims in divorce docs Ed "has been plotting to harm and obstruct [her] pregnancy" by engaging in "certain underhanded and unusual conduct" that would trigger a miscarriage.   

Keshia, who is 5 months along, is not specific as to Ed's conduct, but she says he's engaged in "cruel treatment" which has adversely affected her pregnancy. 

Keshia says in legal docs ... during their short marriage, Ed was constantly cursing, yelling and demeaning her. She says he also had affairs with multiple women, including a former baby mama. 

And Keshia says she and Ed have multiple firearms ... she feels unsafe and wants an order forcing him to turn all the guns over to her. She's also asking the judge to order him to stay clear of her.

She wants the judge to order a mental evaluation.

Amber Heard I Had an Emergency ... Couldn't Book a Flight for Depo Settlement Seems Close

8/12/2016 7:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0812-amber-heard-TMZ-01Amber Heard had "an emergency" and that's why she's going to miss her 10 AM call for a deposition in L.A. ... TMZ has learned.

According to legal docs, an unspecified emergency arose and "to no fault of her own, Amber was unable to arrange for a flight to travel from London."

Amber's lawyers, Samantha Spector and Joseph Koenig, go after Johnny Depp's lawyers with a vengeance, saying, "Johnny's counsel continues to wage a malicious war against Amber in the Court of Public Opinion in an effort to intimidate and discourage Amber from telling the truth."

Amber's lawyers suggest Johnny will never address the allegations of domestic violence under oath and then says, "It is a disturbing shame that Johnny's lawyers continue to pursue a relentless personal attack against Amber."

Spector will ask a judge to push Amber's depo to Saturday.

And there's this. Amber's lawyers attached a letter to the filing in which she accuses Johnny's lawyer of reneging on a settlement agreement. The letter is dated Thursday, August 11th. Johnny's lawyer, Laura Wasser, responds in a separate letter that the offer was sent to Johnny for his approval.

Amber Heard No-Show for Depo In Johnny Depp Case

8/12/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0811-amber-heard-tmzWhat do Amber Heard and Tyga have in common? They both violated court orders to testify under oath in L.A. and both are outside the borders of the USofA.

Sources tell us ... Amber is still ensconced in London, even though she's been ordered to appear for her deposition in her domestic violence/divorce case Friday at 10 AM.

The consequences could be severe. Johnny Depp's lawyers have already asked the judge to prohibit her from testifying in next week's trial because she refused to go in the depo room last weekend and testify. Depp's lawyer, Laura Wasser, says Amber was crying and screaming in an adjoining room, refusing to sit and testify. The judge could also just dismiss the domestic violence case.

Heard faces some tough questions ... among them -- why she thinks cops and apartment staff never saw injuries to her face.

We know both sides have been trying to settle the case, but money is the sticking point.

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Jhene Aiko Files For Divorce Months After Big Sean Kiss

8/11/2016 1:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0811_Jhene-Aiko_Dot-da-Genius_getty_twitterSinger Jhene Aiko is the pulling the plug on her marriage to her producer/hubby Dot da Genius ... and the timing is interesting.

Aiko and Dot were married for only 11 months. Jhene was recently linked to Big Sean. The two have been working together and this past June they made out in front of an Anaheim concert crowd.

Jhene's asking the judge to deny Dot spousal support.

She's listed irreconcilable differences as the reason for the breakup ... that's code for anything you want.

L.A. Dodgers' J.P. Howell Wife Calls for Divorce

8/11/2016 12:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0811_JP-Howell_wife_getty_instagramThe wife of L.A. Dodgers pitcher J.P. Howell is calling for a changeup -- filing divorce docs after 7 years of marriage ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Howell -- who's in the middle of a 2-year $11 million contract -- married former sports reporter/author Heather Hennessy Howell back in 2009. They were college sweethearts at USC. 

But the love story's over ... Heather filed docs in L.A. County Superior Court citing irreconcilable differences. 

Seems things soured recently ... they posed for a coupley pic together just last month. 

0811-JP-Howell-twitterHeather lists the date of separation as Monday, August 8th ... the same day she filed the docs. 

She's also asking for spousal support and wants to drop "Howell" from her name ASAP. 

The couple has no kids together. 

We reached out to J.P.'s agent for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Mel Gibson Baby Mama Oksana Grigorieva Loose Lips Cost Her a Bundle

8/11/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0810-mel-gibson-oksana-tmzMel Gibson's baby mama, Oksana Grigorieva, just got word from a California appeals court ... she made one of the worst business decisions in the history of business ... because they just ruled she's only entitled to 1/60 of what she could have gotten from him had she just shut her trap.

The California Court of Appeals just dropped the hammer, saying Oksana screwed herself when she went on Howard Stern in 2013 and claimed domestic abuse at the hands of Gibson. The actor was on the hook for $750,000 -- a settlement he had struck with her -- but had only shelled out $250,000.

The agreement said she would forfeit the balance if she blabbed about her allegations, and the court said that's exactly what she did when she went on Stern. So, Mel does not have to pay the $500k balance.

Mind you ... Mel had agreed to pay Oksana $15 million if she kept those horrible audiotapes secret, but she changed her mind thinking she could get even more and disavowed the deal. Instead of $15 mil, she eventually struck a deal for $750k ... and that has now been whittled down to $250k.

Maybe she's just bad at math. 

'RHONY' Star Jules Wainstein 911 Call Over Fight with Estranged Hubby

8/10/2016 10:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0810-jules-michael-wainstein-getty'Real Housewives of New York' star Jules Wainstein called 911 after getting into an angry argument with her estranged hubby ... TMZ has learned.

The call came in just before 8 AM Wednesday from Julie's Manhattan home. We're told minutes before cops arrived, Michael left.

We're told there was no evidence of injury, and no one was arrested.  

As for why they fought, it's pretty clear ... Michael filed for divorce last month and things have been rocky.

We've reached out to Jules, so far no word back.

Amber Heard Cried, Yelled, Screamed ... You're Not Taking My Depo

8/9/2016 11:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0809-amber-heard-tmz-02Amber Heard refused to go under oath Saturday for her deposition, crying, yelling and screaming in defiance ... so claim Johnny Depp's lawyers, who want the judge to call BS on her and dismiss the domestic violence case. 

TMZ broke the story, Amber showed up around 11:50 AM Saturday for a 10 AM deposition. She was there until around 9 PM but never even walked in the deposition room, where lawyers, a court reporter and videographer were waiting.

According to new legal docs filed by Johnny's lawyer, Laura Wasser, Amber repeatedly refused to submit to questioning. According to the docs, at 2 PM Wasser and company wanted Amber to leave the adjoining office where she had been waiting and enter the conference room so the depo could begin.

According to the docs, Amber refused to enter. At 5:30 PM, Wasser again requested Amber to enter the depo room and again she refused. She never went in the room, instead, according to Wasser, she began crying and carrying on in the adjoining office.

Wasser says Amber also refused to turn over documents she had requested.

Johnny's team now wants one of 2 things ... either an order prohibiting Amber from testifying when the case goes to trial next week, or an outright dismissal of her domestic violence case

Amber Heard I Have Medical Proof Johnny Abused Me Before

8/9/2016 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0806-amber-heard-tmz-04Amber Heard plans to put Johnny Depp on the stand if her domestic violence/divorce case goes to trial, and she also plans to show the judge evidence she sought medical care in the past for a prior alleged domestic violence incident.

Amber's exhibit list includes a 2014 pic of her holding pills, and it appears her lawyer will try to connect the meds to domestic violence. The exhibit list also references medical records relating to a prior alleged act of domestic violence.

She also plans to submit videos and audios of Johnny interacting with her at their home.

Amber's lawyer, Samantha Spector, submitted their witness lists, which includes her good friend Raquel Pennington and Raquel's boyfriend, Joshua Drew ... both of whom were in the apartment building on May 21, the night she says Johnny brutalized her.

She's also calling iO Tillett Wright, the woman with whom Amber was on the phone during the incident.

As for putting Johnny on the stand ... Amber's lawyer wants to ask about the incident on the 21st as well as alleged prior domestic violence incidents.

Johnny plans to call 23 witnesses, but Amber's list is much shorter ... 7.

Johnny Depp Slew of Witnesses in Amber Heard Trial ... And Secret Photo

8/9/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0808_amber_johnny-tmxJohnny Depp is locked and loaded for his trial next month ... his lawyers have submitted a list of nearly 2 dozen witnesses to support his claim ... Amber Heard is lying when she says he brutalized her.

Among the witnesses ...

-- The 2 responding officers on May 21 -- the night Amber says Johnny attacked her. Both officers will testify they saw no evidence of injury nor was anything broken in the loft.

--  5 concierges in the building, all of whom saw Amber between May 21 and May 27, and all of whom have said in depositions they saw no injuries on Amber's face.

-- 2 security guards who were in the unit on May 21, who will testify Johnny did not strike Amber.

-- Jodi Gottlieb, Amber's publicist. We're told Depp's lawyer, Laura Wasser, tried taking Gottlieb's deposition but she was not available. And Gottlieb is important because she was allegedly present during discussions between Amber and her lawyer.

-- And then there's Hilda Vargas, the housekeeper. According to the witness list, "Ms. Vargas will testify about a discovery in the home." The documents do not describe the discovery.

-- Of course, Amber is on the witness list. She will be called as a hostile witness.

There are also a number of exhibits listed, including Amber's domestic violence arrest report from the State of Washington and documents from the Australian dog smuggling case. We're told Depp's lawyers will press the point that Amber lied when she said she didn't know it was illegal to bring the dogs into the country.

And finally, this ... a mysterious photo. Johnny's legal docs explain, "For privacy reasons, this exhibit is being served on petitioners [Amber and team] and will be supplied to the court at the time of hearing."

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