Hearing on Johnny Depp domestic violence allegations delayed

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2011 file photo, U.S. actors Johnny Depp, left, and Amber Heard arrive for the European premiere of their film, "The Rum Diary," in London. A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, ordered a delay in a restraining order hearing that will address Heard's allegations that Depp physically abused her during a fight in May. The hearing, which could result in Depp being ordered to stay away from his estranged wife for several years, will now begin on Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

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 Tuesday to delay its start.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl H. Moor ruled Tuesday that the hearing will begin Aug. 17, 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 May 23, 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 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.

Heard accused Depp of repeatedly hitting her and throwing a cellphone during a fight in their Los Angeles apartment in May. A judge ordered Depp to not contact Heard and stay 100 yards away from her.

Los Angeles police responded to their apartment, but the person who made the call declined to file charges and officers determined no crime occurred.

Heard has alleged in court filings that Depp abuse throughout their relationship, which started after they met on the set of the 2011 film "The Rum Diary."

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Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP

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