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Johnny Depp defended by assistant

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Johnny Depp defended by assistant

Johnny Depp's assistant Stephen Deuters says he has no knowledge of the actor being physically abusive towards Amber Heard.

After Entertainment Tonight published text messages, allegedly between Amber and Stephen in which he reportedly apologised on Johnny's behalf for a number of violent incidents, Stephen insisted they were doctored.

He told TMZ that he "knows of no acts of abuse toward Amber at the hands of Johnny and has never made such a claim to anyone".

He also insisted that he doesn't know of Johnny, 52, being violent towards anyone and is prepared to testify under oath on his employer's behalf.

One text, which had been alleged to have been sent by Stephen, read: "Think he's just texted you. He's incredibly apologetic and knows that he has done wrong. He wants to get better now. He's been very explicit about that this morning. Feel like we're at a critical juncture."

And Amber allegedly replied: "Yes but I don't know how to be around him after what he did to me yesterday. I don't know if I can stay with him."

However, Stephen insists that the conversation never happened.

Meanwhile, Amber was recently granted a restraining order against her husband of 15 months after alleging he hit her with an iPhone, leaving her with a bruised face.

Amber filed for divorce two days after the alleged incident occurred but did not report the assault to police.

However, earlier this week her team claimed the 'Danish Girl' actress was later "forced" into making a statement because of the backlash surrounding her allegations of abuse.

Samantha F. Spector and co-counsel Joseph P. Koenig said: "As the result of Amber's decision to decline giving an initial statement to the LAPD, her silence has been used against her by Johnny's team. Amber did not provide a statement to the LAPD in an attempt to protect her privacy and Johnny's career.

"Johnny's team has forced Amber to give a statement to the LAPD to set the record straight as to the true facts, as she cannot continue to leave herself open to the vicious false and malicious allegations that have infected the media. Amber has suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny."

Amber's legal team went on to claim they always "took the high road" and insisted their client is not motivated by money.