Amber Heard releases statement to shut down "relentless attacks" and "outright lies"

“Amber acted no differently than many victims of domestic violence.”

By Erin Van Der Meer
Amber Heard releases statement to shut down "relentless attacks" and "outright lies"

Since the news broke that Amber Heard had filed for a restraining order against Johnny Depp citing many instances of domestic violence, she’s been predictably accused by some of being a liar looking for a large payout from her husband.

Some have questioned why she didn’t give a statement to the police when officers arrived at their home after her neighbor called 911. So the actress has addressed that and the other accusations levelled at her in a new statement via her legal team.

It claims that Amber’s failure to give a statement to police has been twisted around by Johnny’s legal team.

"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 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."

It also importantly notes Amber’s bravery in coming forward as a victim of domestic violence in the public eye.

"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."

It’s true that many victims of domestic violence never report the abuse because they’re afraid of being accused of making it up. Many media reports have been biased in favour of Depp’s account, which is unfair and dangerous given the full facts of the case are not known.

If you or someone you know needs support regarding domestic violence or abuse contact Lifeline on 13 11 44 or visit lifeline.org.au.