Amber Heard meets ex-girlfriend as divorce heats up

Amber Heard reunited with her ex-girlfriend on Tuesday (12.07.16) amid her bitter legal battle with Johnny Depp.

The 30-year-old actress was spotted tucking into lunch with her former flame Tasya Van Ree, whom she split from five years ago, at Republique in Los Angeles earlier this week.

Amber, who brought her beloved pet Yorkshire Terrier along with her in a doggy bag, arrived at the plush eatery five minutes after the 40-year-old photographer before spending an hour catching up over delicious grub.

Amber dated the happy-snapper for four year and, during that time, the blonde beauty legally changed her surname to Van Ree.

It was also claimed the pair held a private ceremony in 2011 in New York, around the time same-sex marriage was legal there, but the pair reportedly didn't make it official.

Due to their marriage not being official, Amber didn't need to file for divorce when the pair went their separate ways but she did petition to change her name back in 2013.

She was granted the request the following year - three months after she got engaged to Johnny in 2014.

Meanwhile, Amber's lunch date with Tasya comes two months after she filed for divorce from the 53-year-old actor.

She claimed in court at the time that her decision was prompted by Johnny physically attacking her with an iPhone, leaving her with a bruised eye.

In court documents, Amber alleged that, "during the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me. I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him".

The actress was granted a temporary restraining order, which instructs Johnny to remain 100 yards away from his wife at all times, although her request to ban him from seeing her pet pooch was thrown out.

The pair - who met on the set of 2011 film 'The Rum Diary' - are not thought to have put a pre-nuptial agreement in place before they wed in February 2015 in Los Angeles, followed by another ceremony in the Bahamas.

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