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Johnny Depp performs in Portugal; no reference to wife's abuse allegations

Johnny Depp seemed the picture of rock-star cool as he played guitar onstage in Portugal with his band, the Hollywood Vampires. An ocean away, he is facing serious accusations.

Actor appeared on stage puffing a small cigar, same day that restraining order was issued against him

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp arrive at a gala in L.A in January. Heard was in Los Angeles Superior Court court Friday and provided a sworn declaration that her husband threw her cellphone at her during a fight, striking her cheek and eye. (Rich Fury/The Associated Press)

Johnny Depp seemed the picture of rock-star cool as he played guitar onstage in Portugal with his band, the Hollywood Vampires. An ocean away, he is facing serious accusations.

A judge on Friday ordered Depp to stay away from estranged wife, Amber Heard, after she accused the Oscar-nominated actor of repeatedly hitting her during a recent fight, saying her face was left bruised.

Depp's publicist has not responded to a request for comment, and the Pirates of the Caribbean star made no mention of the allegations during his Friday night concert in Lisbon.

Depp appeared on stage puffing a small cigar and playing rhythm-guitar to a large crowd that had gathered for a Rock in Rio concert.

The 52-year-old was introduced to the cheering audience as "the wings of the vampire" by band member Alice Cooper.

The restraining order was also issued on the day Depp's latest film, Alice Through the Looking Glass, opened in theatres and caps a turbulent week for the star. His mother died May 20 and Heard filed for divorce on Monday.

On Friday, she appeared in court with a bruise on her right cheek below the eye, saying Depp threw her cellphone at her during a fight.
Actress Amber Heard leaves Los Angeles Superior Court court on Friday, May 27, 2016, after giving a sworn declaration that her husband Johnny Depp threw her cellphone at her during a fight Saturday, striking her cheek and eye. The judge ordered Depp to stay away from his estranged wife and ruled that Depp shouldn't try to contact Heard until a hearing is conducted on June 17. Heard filed for divorce on Monday. (Richard Vogel/Associated Press)

"Johnny Depp was very well-liked by women and I think these accusations are going to stain him," said longtime Hollywood publicist Michael Levine. "It's very hard [to overcome], even if the woman recants."

Heard's court filing alleges a history of abuse throughout her relationship with Depp, which started after they met on the set of the 2011 film The Rum Diary.

A judge ordered Depp to stay away from Heard and not to attempt contact with her before a June 17 hearing.

Los Angeles Police responded to a domestic violence call at the couple's home on May 21, but the person who made the call declined to file charges and officers determined no crime occurred.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl H. Moor rejected Heard's request that Depp attend a year's worth of anger management classes and that the protective order extend to her dog, a Yorkshire terrier named Pistol.

The status of the couple's other dog, Boo, was not immediately known. The dogs received worldwide publicity last year when Heard brought them into Australia without proper documentation. Heard and Depp released an awkward video last month apologizing for the action.

Depp's attorney, Laura Wasser, declined to comment on the court case. Wasser wrote in a court filing that Depp was out of the country and would agree to a mutual stay-away order.

Heard is seeking spousal support but Depp's response filed Wednesday asked a judge to deny the request.

His new film, Alice Through the Looking Glass, a sequel to 2010's Alice in Wonderland, has been critically panned and is performing below expectations going into the U.S. holiday weekend.

In the court of public opinion, alcoholism and drug addiction are much easier to forgive than domestic violence, Levine said, anticipating Depp will soon make an image-saving trip to rehab.

"That's what most people do," Levine said. "That's the general defence line. If he just tries to ignore it and pretend it didn't happen, I think he's going to pay a price in both the short and long term."