Amber Heard delayed giving a police statement about her alleged abuse until Johnny Depp’s legal team compelled her to do so by using her silence against her, the actress’s lawyers claimed in a new statement.
The “Magic Mike XXL” star, who originally declined to file a report after a 911 call to her address on May 21, was apparently “forced” into providing one after her soon-to-be ex-husband and his legal team miscast “the victim as the villain” following her explosive allegations, her reps said.
“Amber did not provide a statement to the LAPD in an attempt to protect her privacy and Johnny’s career,” attorneys Samantha Spector and Joseph Koenig said in a statement obtained Tuesday by the Daily News.
“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.”
Spector and Koenig further argued that Heard, who won a temporary restraining order against the actor on Friday, had acted in the same vein as many victims of domestic abuse — seeking to protect her accused abuser instead of herself.
“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,” the attorneys said. “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.”
Heard, 30, showed up at a Los Angeles civil courthouse Friday with a visible bruise around her right eye and alleged that Depp, 52, had smashed a cell phone on her face in a drunken rage and abused her throughout their 15-month marriage.
A judge granted her a restraining order against the actor, from whom she’d filed for divorce just days earlier.
Police said Friday they had responded to a 911 call at Heard’s address on May 21, but she declined to file a report. Since Heard didn’t provide evidence of a crime, cops left after giving her a card, a police source told The News.
In an opposition to Heard’s restraining order application, the actor’s lawyer insinuated she was “attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse.” And in the days following her bombshell claims, members of Depp’s inner circle — among them daughter Lily-Rose Depp, ex-wife Lori Anne Allison and comedian pal Doug Stanhope — passionately and publicly defended him.
A Tuesday report from TMZ also poked holes in Heard’s narrative of the alleged May 21 attack, with unnamed sources claiming the couple’s guards had glimpsed Heard hollering “Stop hitting me!” while Depp was standing 20 feet away. The sources further claimed that during the couple’s yearlong marriage, it was Heard and not Depp who was the violent aggressor.
But according to Heard’s camp, the actress “took the high road” by refraining from serving Depp divorce papers during his “Alice Through the Looking Glass” premiere, and holding off on the restraining order request because he was out of the country.
“Unfortunately, Johnny’s team immediately went to the press and began viciously attacking Amber’s character,” her attorneys said. “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,” they continued. “Amber is the victim. Amber is a hero.”
A rep for Depp has not returned The News’ request for comment.