Amber Heard’s lawyers said Tuesday (May 31) that the actress has now filed a claim with Los Angeles police to investigate domestic violence allegations against estranged husband Johnny Depp.
Heard’s lawyers said the “The Danish Girl” actress didn’t initially tell police about the abuse in order to protect Depp’s career.
“Amber did not provide [an initial] statement to the LAPD in an attempt to protect her privacy and Johnny’s career,” Heard’s attorney Samantha F. Spector and her co-counsel Joseph P. Koenig say in a statement. “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.”
An LAPD spokesperson told Variety on Tuesday that the department could not disclose information about domestic violence claims and that it was still investigating the case.
Law enforcement officials told Variety last week that investigators found no evidence of an assault last weekend in Los Angeles, when the police responded to a domestic dispute on May 21 in downtown L.A.
Heard told investigators Saturday night she did not want to file a criminal report.
The statement mirrors Heard’s sworn declaration in which she said she “endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse” during the entirety of their relationship.
“Amber has suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny,” the attorneys’ statement continues. “In domestic violence cases, it is not unusual for the perpetrator’s playbook to include miscasting the victim as the villain.”
Heard was granted a temporary restraining order after she accused the “Edward Scissorhands” star of domestic violence in Los Angeles Superior Court.
“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,” say Spector and Koenig. “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.”
“Amber is the victim. Amber is a hero,” the statement goes on to say after Depp’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, said Heard was motivated by financial gains.
“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,” Spector and Koenig add.