Amber Heard’s lawyers give statement to LAPD about alleged Johnny Depp abuse

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at a court in the Gold Coast on April 18, 2016. PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP/Getty Images

In the face of denials from Johnny Depp‘s legal team and mounting internet scrutiny, Amber Heard‘s lawyers say that she’s given a statement to the Los Angeles Police Department to “set the record straight.”

Heard, 30, filed for divorce from Depp, 52, on May 22, citing irreconcilable differences. The two have been married for about 15 months. Heard was later granted a domestic violence restraining order against Depp by a judge, after she submitted multiple photos as evidence of assault, one of which purportedly shows the actress with what appears to be a bruise on her right eye.

Amber Heard
Amber Heard

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TMZ reports that Depp allegedly “smashed” his iPhone into Heard’s face, resulting in the bruise. Heard claims that Depp offered her money to stay quiet after he supposedly hit her, but she instead chose to file for divorce first thing on May 23.

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No official police report was taken when cops responded to a domestic violence call at the couple’s home on May 21 because no crime was reported.

Heard also claims to have video of one of the alleged beatings.

Samantha F. Spector and Joseph P. Koenig, the lawyers representing Heard, said she kept the recent alleged abuse from the LAPD because she didn’t want to harm Depp’s reputation or career.

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They said in a statement on Tuesday morning that “Amber did not provide [an initial] 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.”

Heard has asked the LAPD to investigate Depp again, according to her publicist.

“Amber is the victim. Amber is a hero,” said her lawyers.

Depp’s camp has accused Heard of fabricating the abuse in order to make money. The divorcing couple didn’t sign a prenuptial agreement, and Depp is estimated to be worth upwards of US$400 million.

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Depp is trying to ensure that many of his assets stay his. He specifically noted “miscellaneous jewelry,” earnings made after their separation and, as stipulated in his response, “there are additional separate property assets and obligations of the parties, the exact nature and extent of which are not presently known.”

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California law stipulates that any divorcing couple without a prenup will divide joint assets in half.

The marriage was Depp’s second and Heard’s first, and the pair has no children together. They met while filming The Rum Diary in 2011.

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