Amber Heard reports Depp domestic violence accusation to police: lawyers

Tue May 31, 2016 4:03pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Amber Heard has given a statement to Los Angeles police in which she accused estranged husband Johnny Depp of domestic violence, her lawyers said on Tuesday, a week after she filed for divorce and obtained a restraining order against Depp.

Heard's attorneys said in a statement that in an attempt to "protect her privacy and Johnny's career" the actress initially declined to report to police a May 21 incident between her and Depp that she claimed left her with a bruised eye.

"Johnny's team has forced Amber to give a statement to the LAPD to set the record straight as to the true facts ...," Heard's lawyers Samantha Spector and Joseph P. Koenig said.

"Amber has suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny," they said.

Representatives for Depp did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Officer Liliana Preciado declined to comment, citing privacy.

Depp's 17-year-old daughter Lily-Rose supported her father on Instagram, posting a photo captioning her father as "the sweetest most loving person I know."

Heard, 30, said in court papers filed in Los Angeles last week that Depp, 52, had been abusive to her throughout their relationship, culminating in an argument during which he hurled a cell phone at her face and shattered objects in her apartment.

Depp's lawyer argued in a court document that Heard "is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse."   Continued...

Actress Amber Heard leaves the Superior Court of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California, U.S. May 27, 2016, with what appears to be a bruise on her right cheek after obtaining a restraining order against husband Johnny Depp in this still image from video. REUTERS/Rollo Ross