Amber Heard has announced that she will provide the Los Angeles Police Department with a full statement regarding the alleged abuse she suffered during her relationship with estranged husband Johnny Depp.
A statement from Heard’s attorneys—reproduced in full by The Independent—alleges that the 30-year-old actress has “suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny.”
Initially, Heard declined to provide authorities with a detailed account of the purported abuse “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,” the statement said. “She cannot continue to leave herself open to the vicious false and malicious allegations that have infected the media.”
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“In reality, Amber acted no differently than many victims of domestic violence, who think first of the harm that might come to the abuser, rather than the abuse they have already suffered,” argues the statement.
“Amber is the victim. Amber is a hero,” concluded the statement.
Heard was granted a temporary restraining order on May 27 after she appeared with a bruised face—supposedly the result of Depp slamming an iPhone into her face on the night of May 21.
LAPD did respond to a domestic incident at the Depp-Heard residence on May 21, yet no police report was filed and no evidence was found to indicate a crime had occurred.
Comedian Doug Stanhope said both he and his wife were present at the Depp-Heard residence before the alleged abuse took place.
“We assumed initially that his dour mood was because of his mother’s death the day before,” Stanhope wrote in The Wrap.
“It was not only his mother,” continued Stanhope, “but that Amber was now going to leave him, threatening to lie about him publicly in any and every possible duplicitous way if he didn’t agree to her terms.”
Representatives for the 52-year-old Depp have denied the allegations, and said that Heard is faking abuse to obtain an advantageous financial agreement in the divorce, where potentially hundreds of millions of Depp’s assets are at stake.
Depp and Heard began dating in 2011 when the pair met on the set of “The Rum Diary” and would later marry in two ceremonies—once at their West Hollywood home, and then again in a beach ceremony in the Bahamas, both in February of 2015.