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Amber Heard's Lawyers Defend Her in Lengthy Statement: 'Amber Is the Victim'

Amber Heard's Lawyers Defend Her in Lengthy Statement: 'Amber Is the Victim'

Amber Heard‘s legal team, lead attorney Samantha F. Spector and co-counsel Joseph P. Koenig, just released a statement defending her and her actions throughout the past week in her allegations of domestic violence against Johnny Depp.

“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,” the statement, provided to Just Jared, began.

“In domestic violence cases, it is not unusual for the perpetrator’s playbook to include miscasting the victim as the villain,” the statement continued. “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.”

Click inside to read the remainder of the statement from Amber Heard’s legal team…

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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  • Phil the Donahue

    Anyone with half a brain can see that depp is a narcissistic creep. The guy can’t even play a normal human being in films. He is always choosing weirdo creep roles. And he chose a woman half his age. Give me a break, he’s even admitted to a drinking problem and having a bad temper. He did it. He looks all puffy and a psycho.

  • Rian Booth

    They aren’t wrong there. His PR immediately tried to make her look bad after this allegation came out and that in itself is a form of abuse.

  • memyself&i76

    I’m not a fan of either but if Johnny did do it then why not others have come forward before, his former partner would not of stuck her neck out to say he is innocent. I get the feeling Heard is not to be trusted either. Oh well until either can be proved right or wrong besides its none of our business.

  • memyself&i76

    I’m not a fan of Johnny’s but a friend is and she said he quit drinking for years then when hooked up with Amber he tried to act and look young but drinking again. Hence the bloating. Johnny in the past was very passive and very private about his private life and his kids.

  • tia maria

    “Amber is a brave and financially independent woman ” – A financially independent women wouldn’t ask for spousal support and legal fees to be paid. Also Johnny’s team have barely said anything other than two statements in regards to the divorce filing and the abuse claims. The real truth whatever that is will come out next month at the hearing.

  • Guest

    Cmon!!!!! They act like she’s mother Teresa.

  • Windfield

    Who is saying that? Oh, her lawyers..that will take everyone by surprise..
    of course .)
    Did they mention by any chance why she married him in first place, after knowning him for a bit and being actually gay?
    She knew what she was doing from day one but Depp wasnt aware of it.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GerrysForeverWoman

    She should have thought this part into her scheme when she agreed to marry him. I think her plan escalated catching her off guard. Therefore a “lengthy” statement from a profession where silence indicates power. Therefore I deduct by this “lengthy” statement even they know she’s full of it.

    All Johnny needs to do is go home to France for a spell and get ‘help’ real or otherwise for what’s at the heart of the matter, control issues, and the fact he needs to realize marriage doesn’t change anything or anyone. If anything it puts more responsibility into the mix. And it makes things complicated when things inevitably turn south.

  • Rian Booth

    Yeah and all these “friends” of Johnny Depp publicly defending him isn’t orchestrated by his PR team.

  • Jenny from the flop

    oh, please. Lawyers lies more then the client itself. sit yo ass down!

  • Phil the Donahue

    People change with age. You seriously think that he is the same person at 25 that he is at 50? Just because he didn’t hit a wife then doesn’t mean he won’t now. Duh. My father never hit us kids but if he hit my mother that’d be seperate from me. F ing duh. My patents changed with age. My mother became a lunatic by 50. She was fairly normal when I was a kid.

  • http://gayamericaninargentina.blogspot.com.ar/ JJ THE EXPAT

    Amber is NOT a victim!

  • VanityInsecurity

    There is NO way in hell that the mass public believes that Amber is a victim. She married him for his money & to further her career.. and as soon as his mother dies she goes public with allegations of abuse & to try and bleed him dry of the money that he earned.

    She drove him to drink again… thats why he looks abit bloated, IF Johnny abused her since day one.. why did she marry him??

  • Lili

    Being a law student (close to become one) I dont trust lawyers. We get paid to make things up and win cases basically. And we sleep well so because MONNEY. And it our job.
    So, I dont believe a word he said. Its always better to be seen as the victim than as a effing gold digger.
    Who is she asking for spousal support again ? He skipped that part of course. And of couse the cops are lying because it serves their purpose. Bitch please.
    And I’m still waiting for her to bring charges but she wont because she is lying.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GerrysForeverWoman

    “Amber has suffered through years of physical *only without documented of any kind evidence* and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny,” well I don’t know about you but if she “suffered” for “years” of this why did she marry him? Kind of feel Team Amber needs to rethink this well and then shut the hell up because the publicity is worsening her case for certain and making her out to appear like a gold-digger, which I’m sure she wasn’t until she decided to marry him, only right about now this needs to leave headlines. This is not helping but hurting her.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GerrysForeverWoman

    She’s young, selfish, and dumb so I can see her trying to nudge a depressed and grieving Johnny with a film due out to get out there and get on with it and he might have swatted her away, like the air between them or shut himself off in the house. She sees that as abusive not a saddened grieving man who adored his mother like a good son should have, and possibly she couldn’t identify with that, again being young and apparently a bit insensitive therefore, dumb?

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GerrysForeverWoman

    Right. You pick your side and use the law to win, period.
    She won’t press charges because she isn’t a victim but a predator. Only they need to make this go away quietly and come out with headlines they’re sorting things out. Both need to be seen moving on with their lives and seeking contentment however that is, with family, therapists, work.

  • Eeww

    Oh please, it’s ‘telling’ that YOU ignore the fact 53 yr old Johnny Depp had a classic mid-life crisis dumped his partner of 14 years to marry a girl 22 years younger knowing fully well she was bi-sexual.
    No one forced him to leave his partner & it was his CHOICE to marry Amber so stop carrying on as though Johnny is so innocent, he’s a grown man.

  • Silly People

    Oh brother, this statement is nauseating. She’s a hero? The LAPD has maintained that they saw no evidence of any injuries. If she’s so brave and independent, why is she asking for $50,000/month is support? She only married him a year ago- if she was suffering so much during their relationship and she’s so independent, why did she go ahead with the marriage?

  • Eeww

    It’s ‘telling’ that women are blaming Amber yet ignoring the FACT 53 yr old Depp had a classic mid-life crisis dumped his partner of 14 years to marry a girl 22 years younger than him knowing fully well that she was bisexual.
    Women on here are carrying on as though ‘poor Johnny’ was ‘forced’ into marriage against his will.
    Now his lawyers are manipulating the media to smear Amber & you’re all falling for it, talk about being played.

  • Mona

    I’m not saying she’s not a victim of physical and psychological abuse, because how could we possibly know what went on there, but they never looked compatible. He was good with Vanessa, he should have stayed with her and his family. But Amber did use him for fame and as a “financially independent woman” she is asking to get as much as she can possibly get out of this divorce. This is what makes it hard for people to believe her abuse allegations, had she just filed for divorce and not asked for anything nobody would have anything to say against her… she’s no hero with how she’s going about it.

  • Little Paper Stars

    ” We did not serve Johnny the petition at the premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass” well aren’t you saints for not doing that. This is damage control by her people as her repuation is all being dragged through the mud. Carefully worded to try and make turn public opinion on her. A financially independent woman who wants $50,000 a month of her abusers money to live on, the Range Rover and the house. And I’m calling bull on her wanting to keep this private, she’s done nothing but play the media from the start.” We took the high road” what crap. She turned up to court playing it like the best role she’s ever been given. There’s a reason people don’t believe her and it’s not just because they’re blinded by adoration for Johnny Depp.

  • Little Paper Stars

    I don’t think he was forced into anything, I think he stopped thinking with his head and let his dick do all the work and it’s backfired on him epically, there’s no guilt in not being able to spot a bad apple. But neither do I think she was forced into marrying a man she claims was physically and mentally abusive to her before they married. Her eyes were wide open and if the situation was so bad, then leave or tell someone before you become legally and financially tied to the person you claim beat the crap out of you.

  • cutitout

    You people are IDIOTS! Do any of you have any idea what typical domestic violence situations entail? I’ll give you a clue….exactly what is alleged in this case. The way that all you dumb hoes, wet in the panties for Johnny Depp are blindly jumping to his defense in some weird idol-worship blind allegiance is nauseating and everything that is wrong with this world. Its also why so many women don’t come forward. Wonder if you are the same tricks who jumped to the defense of Chris brown???? probably not, he’s not white…..

    Just because his ex wife who probably has not seen him in 30 years says nothing like this happened in their brief marriage and the woman who bore two kids for him with no ring who is probably getting a fat-ass check monthly claim nothing happened during their time with him, does NOT mean that he is not capable of doing something different this go round. That argument is ridiculous and stupid. He was not a poorly aging sex symbol with a bunch of flops under his belt married to a hot, half his age bisexual woman whom he is probably paranoid of being cuckolded by with a hot young man or woman. That in combination with a shaky career and possible drugs/alcohol is more than enough to push a guy over the edge. get a clue!

  • cutitout

    If that’s the life that she had with Johnny and he willfully paid her way than that should continue until the divorce is finalized. That’s the way it works. There was no prenup, she’s getting half of everything incurred during the marriage anyways, at the very least. If she has some damning evidence, she will get even more.

  • Ivona D.

    I think even a child could deduce that she is a real life “Gone Girl”

  • FlakesofSunlite

    I seriously cannot believe nobody is siding with Amber. Johnny is so ridiculously rich, she should doeverything she can to get some of it, especially if he threw a cell phone at her dumb ass.

  • jujokki

    I call bs on this one. I’m sorry but playing with a serious matter like domestic violence… That’s the worst. Her career is ruined (not that she had one) and she’s just looking at JD’s money so she can spend the rest of her days living a celeb lifestyle.
    I don’t believe what she’s been saying. Everyone has arguments, and he might have throiwn things at her but as per her own admissions in interviews, she’s a difficult character to deal with. We’ll never know what happened.
    It’s a case of her side, his side and the truth.
    Ps. I don’t think Disso Queen takes cases she can’t win. Good luck with this one, Amber.

  • Lili

    He is friends with more famous people, did you hear Angelina Jolie speak about it ? No.
    True friends stick by your side, and they have a mind of their own. They are not being prep by anyone but surely Amber Heard is praticing her next role as the poor abuse wife, which she is not. Abuse is horrendous and using it as a way to make monney makes her scum of the earth. Women are dying right now world wilde at the hands of their husbands, bf, partners and she is using THEIR pains, suffering as a mean to stay wealthy.

  • BczIcan

    she wants to protect her privacy? Then why is her ‘team’ the only one giving daily news releases? She claims to be independent. That costs money. Guess who she wants to pay for her independent lifestyle? She is the victim? Victims of domestic violence don’t laugh it off 2 days later, or 2 months or 2 years later. They NEVER laugh it off.

  • Anne

    I can’t believe these comments. I’m not saying he did it, because a judge will have to find out what really happened, but I don’t know them, I’ve not lived with them, in their own house, everyday of their marriage. And neither have any of you, so any of us can really tell what happened. You are calling her all of these cruel things because, according to you, he is the victim; based on what? on the fact that he is famous and a great actor? That doesn’t make him guilty or innocent. I’ve been a big fan of him for years, and I still am, I think he is an extraordinary actor, but that’s all I know.
    What if, at the end, it’s proved that she was really abused by him? Will you feel right about having been mean to a victim of domestic violence? Would you like your daughters, friends, girlfriends or wives to be treated like that if they had been abused? If you wanna know what really happened, wait until the trial is over. But we aren’t meant to judge. Domestic violence is something very serious, no matter who is involved.
    And for those saying he should have never left Vanessa Paradis, because she really loved him and all that stuff, just for the record, when they broke up she asked him (and finally got) 100 million dollars. When a couple splits up, if they’ve been married or had kids together, these things happen.

  • Alien Visitor

    Completely agree. I love people keep saying she’s a gold digger. Yeah she is, and he’s a dirty old man who knew EXACTLY what he was getting into, too. So how’s he a victim? You get what you serve.

  • Alien Visitor

    He married her for her youth, like the vampire he is.

  • evie

    What a bunch of crap!!!They were married only for a year and so, then why marrying him if she “suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse”. This is stupid!

  • Casey C

    I’m not defending Amber, but actually victims of abuse DO ‘laugh it off’. as someone who was abused for years, I damn well did everything to ensure that people didn’t see it. I went to parties, some of them mere minutes or hours after my abuser had struck me, I smiled in pictures I made sure everyone thought everything was just fine. don’t paint abuse survivors as perpetual victims that are dour and unsmiling 24/7 for the rest of their lives. most of the reason others don’t know the abuse is happening, even those closest to the abused person is because we’re damn good at hiding it until we’re ready or safe enough to come forward. I’m not saying Amber is or isn’t an abused person, that’s not my place, but you seem to hold views of abuse survivors that are incorrect.

  • steve ham

    Amber is just a puppet. Control-freak designer Marc Jacobs has a greaz influence on her. Jacobs wants to control everything. He’s been stalking a talented young designer for 7 years. Read the truth at styleanelique.blogspot.com

  • Contessa De Blunge

    She could have married him be cause he is famous and to have a better carrer But on The other side he is 52 and dates a 28 yrs old girl so he is a superficial person too! Secondo in 1996 he was arrested after a furious fight with his then girlfriend Kate Moss, have you forgot it???? Google it

  • bledel

    Well, he was married to Vanessa for 14 YEARS and have 2 children ! it’s normal in that case to talk about money for the sake of their children at least ! and Vanessa is no Amber ! she had money and a succesful carreer in Europe as a singer/actress before knowing johnny.
    I don’t believe a bit Amber’s allegations ! it’s obvious from day 1 she is after his money.

  • AeeJay

    Contradictions by Amber are causing people to look at her as a liar..
    If Amber got abused by Johnny that day, why didn’t she make a report on him & tell the police she was hit by the phone.. why the call the cops in general if you won’t file a report?
    She says she didn’t want to put her private life in the publics eye but that is exactly what she did when she filed for divorce/support the next day. She could have just filed without the whole abuse thing .. but she knew the only real way to get any money is an abuse claim..

    If Amber is a financially independent woman why is she suing for support? She isn’t owed anything when she can work & has no children by Johnny.

    If Johnny abused her the entire time they were together.. why did you marry him?

    Whatever happens, people will not always look at either of them the same. Amber is either brave/liar & Johnny is either an abuser/victim of a gold digger.

  • LaCroix

    “We took the high road.” I had to lol at this one.. the high road would not to bring domestic violence claims .. the high road would be to just divorce him.

  • LaCroix

    a judge will find out? Really cus the justice system always gets it right.. wake up.

  • bledel

    Oh dear, I for myself have never been Johnny’s fan or follower but that doesn’t mean we should burn him at the stake because of these allegations with lot of holes.
    The LAPD said there were no sign of injuries or abuse evidence when they were called up.
    Domestic abuse is very serious matter and no woman or man should lie about it to get money.
    Until there is undeniable evidence, I believe Johnny on this one.

  • I love fluffies and goaties

    -Hey Mr Barrister, is your client innocent?
    -Yes of course, in fact they are the victim.
    Ok then, we believe you.
    ….NOT.
    PS: Years of abuse? She married him last year. SMH

  • LaCroix

    he was arrested/charged for trashing a hotel room not hitting Kate..that Moss later said that they both did but he took the blame for it solely. its in Moss’ memoir.. know the facts b4 you speak.

  • KimberJem

    Are you really this dense? They dated before they got married

  • bledel

    Lol exactly !!

  • KimberJem

    Amber is a hero. Going up against a huge star who is loved by many and risking her own career is the definition of brave. I’m with Amber. Johnny has a history of a violent bad temper. Just ask Winona Ryder and Kate Moss.

  • KimberJem

    it’s called dating moron. they dated before they got married

  • KimberJem

    Um to respond to the horrible comments and make a statement to defend victims of domestic violence who often never believed. Christ. The stupidity here is astounding.

  • KimberJem

    I’m shocked by it too. I support her and believe her. It’s not hard to believe with his history.

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