In 2016, Johnny Depp had a restraining order filed against him by his wife, Amber Heard. The pair had been married for less than two years when she filed for the restraining order and a divorce, claiming that he had smashed an iPhone into her face during an argument. Heard was also on the phone with one of her friends when Depp grabbed the phone from her, and Heard yelled for her friend to call the police.
However, what actually went down in their contentious relationship is still not entirely clear. Depp has started several libel-related lawsuits against heard and other involved parties, some of which are still working their way through the court system. Regardless of how this will all eventually pan out, we're glad not to be Amber Heard or Johnny Depp.
Mel Gibson made the news with how violently he treated his ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva. He went on a racist tirade with her, which she released to the public soon after. In 2010, Gibson was also embroiled in a court case for a battery charge regarding Grigorieva. Following that, the pair reached a settlement deal in 2011 where Grigorieva wasn’t allowed to talk publicly about the domestic abuse.
However, Grigorieva became unhappy with this arrangement and eventually sued her own lawyers, accusing them of influencing her to agree to a bad deal. Despite this, the confidentiality clause stood up in court after a judge found her guilty of violating it by talking about her relationship with Gibson on The Howard Stern Show.
John Lennon wasn’t shy about sharing his past. He’s openly admitted to hitting “any woman,” and he went on to explain that was why he was all about peace in the later years of his life. That being said, it was only recently revealed that he also hit his son Julian for small things like poor table manners when Julian’s table manners were “if anything, better than average,” according to Lennon’s’ old housekeeper.
Lennon's romantic relationships with women ranged from abusive to just plain bizarre. Several years after beginning to date Yoko Ono, Ono herself encouraged another woman to begin a relationship with Lennon, as she started to feel that the two of them were starting to drift apart. John Lennon was a complicated guy, to say the least.
Sean Penn was extremely violent toward his ex-wife Madonna when the two were married in the ‘80s. In 1987, he hospitalized Madonna after hitting her across the head with a baseball bat. Madonna refused to press charges because Penn was already in jail for 60 days following the assault of a film extra. Then, in 1989, Madonna filed a police report after Penn told her that he owned her “lock, stock, and barrel.”
However, Madonna made the whole situation much more complicated herself years later. In 2015, she completely denied the allegations that he hit her during their relationship, calling the accusations, "completely outrageous, malicious, reckless, and false." We may never really know what actually happened between these two.
Emma Roberts was arrested for domestic violence in Canada after she abused her boyfriend, Evan Peters. The police were called that night, and when they arrived, Peters had a bloody nose and a bite mark. Sources say that the couple had been hitting each other, but Roberts was arrested because of Peters’ physical injuries.
However, Roberts only spent a couple of hours in jail before the charges against her were dropped completely. After this, the couple continued their relationship, going as far as to get engaged in 2014. Things ultimately didn't work out between the two, though, as they announced their split in 2019.
Nicolas Cage was arrested in 2011 for domestic abuse. He was apparently arguing with his wife in front of a home when he grabbed Alice Kim by the arm and dragged her toward their rental property and then began to punch cars that were nearby. Police officers discovered that Cage was heavily intoxicated during the arrest.
Strangely enough, Cage's bail was paid by none other than Dwayne "Dog" Chapman of Dog the Bounty Hunter fame. The cost of his bail was allegedly $11,000. The actor was ordered to appear in a Louisana court later that year, but the charges against Cage were ultimately dropped before trial.
Dennis Rodman got in a domestic dispute in 1998 where both he and Carmen Electra were arrested. The couple was charged in the incident, which allegedly stemmed from a fight about seeing one of Electra’s ex-boyfriends on television. Rodman was also arrested for domestic violence in 2003 and 2008, both with different women.
Domestic issues aren't the only legal problems the controversial basketball player has faced during his life. He has been arrested on multiple ocassions for driving under the influence and has pleaded guilty to multiple misdemeanors related to those arrests. He also was charged with a hit and run in 2016 and was sentenced to three years of probation.
Steven Seagal isn't the greatest actor nor does he make the best movies, so it wasn't too difficult to cancel the man when we found out he was an abusive spouse. Steven Seagal was accused by his ex-wife, Kelley LeBrock, of being abusive throughout their marriage. Recently, Seagal has been involved in a court case led by two women that accused Seagal of sexual assault and misconduct.
However, as of 2021, Seagal has not had any legal trouble with these allegations. Several of the cases were settled out of court, while more recent allegations have either been dropped by the prosecution or dismissed by the court. Segal has been married to his wife Erdenetuya Batsukh since the early 2000s.
Mickey Rourke's career has gone up and down and his relationships certainly have too. In 1994, Mickey Rourke was arrested for domestic abuse of his then-wife Carre Otis. Following that was a court case where Rourke was accused of slapping his 25-year-old wife, knocking her down, and kicking her earlier in the year.
However, the charges against Mr. Rourke were eventually dropped. He and Otis remained in a romantic relationship until 1998 with no further public issues. Since then, Rourke has had a pretty quiet life free of drama, except for a DUI charge that he had gotten in Miami Beach in 2007.
Tommy Lee married Pamela Anderson in 1994, and four years later, he was involved in a court case for one count of spousal abuse, one count of child abuse, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. During this altercation, Lee kicked Anderson while she was holding their son, which caused their son’s head to be bumped as a baby.
Lee pleaded no contest to the charges and actually spent six months in jail for his crimes. During his time in jail, Anderson called things off with Lee, but that wasn't the end of their relationship. They made an attempt to make things work once he was released, but they ended up separated again by 2001.
In 2004, Josh Brolin was arrested in West Los Angeles for hitting his then-wife, Diane Lane. He was charged with spousal battery but was released after posting a $20,000 bail. Brolin later came out and said, “I was more reactive…I’ve gotten to a place where all that matters is that I have control over my behavior, and at that time, it was all a little more chaotic.”
However, Lane ultimately had decided not to press charges. But this wasn't the only legal trouble that Brolin has faced during his lifetime, either. A few years after his domestic battery charges, Brolin was arrested during a bar fight. However, charges against Brolin and the others involved were eventually dropped.
Anyone who knows Rihanna knows that her relationship with Chris Brown was tumultuous. In 2009, he and Rihanna got into a fight following the Grammys. This was followed by a public altercation, which resulted in Rihanna’s face and arms being covered in visible contusions and bruises. The photo of her face even made the Internet rounds. Rihanna was hospitalized, and Brown later admitted to abusing Rihanna.
Brown eventually pleaded guilty to felony assault and was sentenced to community service and five years of probation. Brown's probation officially ended in 2015, but it has caused new problems for the rapper. For example, he was denied entry in the UK for a performance due to "being guilty of a serious criminal offence."
Lead singer of Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose, isn’t a stranger to the legal system. In the early '90s, his ex-wife Stephanie Seymour sued him for domestic violence, and Rose had to pay her $400,000. Before that, Erin Everly was also abused by the singer and filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against him. She reported that she suffered regular beatings that left her “bruised, bloodied and sometimes unconscious,” according to People Magazine.
To make things more complicated, Seymour's lawsuit against Rose was a result of his own assault lawsuit that he had filed against her after the end of their relationship. Both Seymour and Rose's lawsuits were settled out of court, so we may never know the exact specifics of either case.
Charlie Sheen was charged in 1996 with attacking his girlfriend at home. Following that, he was arrested on domestic abuse charges in 2009 after trying to choke his wife, Brook Meuller. He pled guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in exchange for two other charges being dropped. He also had to complete domestic violence counseling.
And even before this, there were relationship troubles for Sheen. In the early 2000s, he was married to fellow actor Denise Richards, but that ultimately ended in divorce. Richards claimed that Sheen's drug and alcohol abuse were out of control and that he had made threats of violence against her.
Multiple partners have accused Terrence Howard of domestic abuse. Reports released in 2015 by Rolling Stone that he slapped his first wife. Howard told the magazine that she had been “talking to me real strong, and I lost my mind and slapped her.” Michelle Ghent, another ex-wife, was also photographed with a black eye, alleging that he assaulted her and threatened to kill her.
Currently, Howard is dating model Mira Park. While she has made no allegations against him, it's clear their relationship is kinda rocky. The two originally married in 2013 and had two sons together, but they ended up getting divorced in 2015. However, they announced their intentions to remarry one another in 2018, but the two have yet to actually tie the knot.