Last week, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard revealed they were divorcing.
Since news broke, Heard has been accused of lying, the fate of their famous dogs has been questioned, and Depp has been hit with a restraining order. And, so far, the Internet has reacted negatively to the actress, questioning her true motives and accusing her of being ‘ruthlessly cold’ and ‘nothing but a golddigger’.
But the truth may finally be established, as Heard has said she will release a full statement to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) about the alleged domestic abuse she received from her estranged husband Depp.
Heard, 30, said she didn’t previously release a statement to the LAPD in order to protect her privacy and Depp’s acting career, saying that she experienced years of physical and psychological abuse from the 52-year-old.
Contrary to what is being said online, Heard said her behaviour was not motivated by money and she is a ‘financially independent woman’.
The Los Angeles police told The Independent that they responded to a domestic violence call at the couple’s home in mid May, but determined that a crime did not occur as there was no evidence that warranted a report.
Now, Heard says in her statement she chose to stay quiet because she was wanted to keep the matter private and first thought of ‘the harm that might come to the abuser.’
Last week, Heard was issued a domestic violence restraining order against Depp, saying he threw an iPhone at her face last Saturday and ‘grabbed [her] by the hair and violently shove [her] to the floor’ a month before. Depp’s lawyer has since said that she applied for the order only to ‘secure a premature financial resolution’.
Heard’s statement from lead attorney Samantha F. Spector and her co-counsel Joseph P. Koenig, however, says otherwise:
As the result of Amber’s decision to decline giving an initial statement to the LAPD, her silence has been used against her by Johnny’s team. Amber did not provide a statement to the LAPD 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, as she cannot continue to leave herself open to the vicious false and malicious allegations that have infected the media.
Amber has suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny.
In domestic violence cases, it is not unusual for the perpetrator’s playbook to include miscasting the victim as the villain.
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.
Amber can no longer endure the relentless attacks and outright lies launched against her character in the Court of Public Opinion since the tragic events of May 21st. With her statement Amber hopes to give the LAPD the opportunity to conduct an accurate and complete investigation into the events of that evening and before. If that occurs, and the truth is revealed, there is no doubt that Amber’s claims will be substantiated beyond any doubt, and hopefully Johnny will get the help that he so desperately needs.
From the beginning it has been Amber’s desire to keep this matter as private as possible, even though LAPD officers responded to a 911 call made by a third-party. The LAPD officers viewed not only the disarray that Johnny had caused in the apartment but also the physical injuries to Amber’s face. We filed the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage at the very end of the day on Monday May 23rd and we did not serve Johnny with the Petition at the premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass that evening. We sent a letter to Johnny’s counsel team the next morning making it clear we wanted to keep this matter out of the media. We then held off requesting a domestic violence restraining order as we knew that Johnny was out of the country.
We took the high road. Unfortunately, Johnny’s team immediately went to the press and began viciously attacking Amber’s character. Amber is simply a victim of domestic violence, and none of her actions are motivated by money. Amber is a brave and financially independent woman who is showing the courage of her convictions by doing the right thing against Johnny’s relentless army of lawyers and surrogates.
The Family Law Court is not going to be influenced by misinformation placed in the social media based on anonymous sources. Amber is the victim. Amber is a hero.
The statement makes some bold allegations, but it may take a while before the truth is established in court.