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Amber Heard's Lawyers Say It's Too Common For The Victim To Be Miscast As The Villain

"Amber acted no differently than many victims of domestic violence."

01/06/2016 12:25 AM AEST | Updated 01/06/2016 12:25 AM AEST
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After filing for divorce early last week, Amber Heard took many by surprise when she accused her estranged husband Johnny Depp of domestic abuse on Friday. Over the weekend, the actor's friends and family rushed to his side to defend him. Comedian Doug Stanhope even alleged that Heard was lying about her claims of domestic violence in an effort to blackmail Depp.

On Tuesday, Heard's lawyers released a lengthy statement to the media in an effort to set the record straight. The note explains how their client has swiftly been miscast as the villain rather than the victim and addresses why Heard declined to give the LAPD an initial statement after an altercation on May 21. 

"Amber did not provide a statement to the LAPD in an attempt to protect her privacy and Johnny’s career," lawyers Samantha F. Spector and Joseph P. Koenig explain in the 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. Amber has suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny."

Heard's lawyers stress that the actress' behavior is no different than that of many victims of domestic violence, who are often more concerned with the fate of their abuser than their own. 

They go on to say that now that Heard has given her statement to police, she hopes it will give them the opportunity to conduct an accurate and complete investigation into the events of May 21 and those prior to that. 

As for claims that Heard is trying to blackmail Depp by going public with her allegations, the 30-year-old's lawyers write that Heard wanted to "keep this matter as private as possible." 

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.

Read the statement in its entirety below: 

Statement from Amber Heard’s lead attorney Samantha F. Spector and her co-counsel Joseph P. Koenig:

“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.” 

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