In the midst of their divorce proceedings, Amber Heard took out a restraining order on actor Johnny Depp last week, alleging that she was the victim of domestic violence—most recently and most specifically on May 21. Friends of Depp's have disputed her claims, and though the police were called on May 21 by a neighbor who heard the confrontation between Heard and Depp, Heard did not file a report at the time. Now, her lawyer is revealing why.
"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," lead attorney Samantha F. Spector and co-counsel Joseph P. Koenig said to E! News in a statement.
The statement continued:
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.
According to the statement, Heard tried to keep her domestic violence claims out of the media, even out of her divorce, and it was only when Depp's surrogates and lawyers began a smear campaign that she let the allegations go public. It is true that frequently victims of domestic violence refrain from reporting the violence to police. Hopefully, for the sake of all the parties involved, whatever the truth is here wins out.