“In 2009, Amber was wrongfully accused for an incident that was misinterpreted and over-sensationalized by two individuals in a power position,” said a statement van Ree released on Wednesday. “I recount hints of misogynistic attitudes toward us which later appeared to be homophobic when they found out we were domestic partners and not just ‘friends.’ Charges were quickly dropped and she was released moments later. It’s disheartening that Amber’s integrity and story are being questioned yet again. Amber is a brilliant, honest and beautiful woman and I have the utmost respect for her. We shared 5 wonderful years together and remain close to this day.”
TMZ posted a report on Tuesday claiming that Heard, who recently accused Depp of domestic violence, was herself arrested for domestic violence in a 2009 incident. The report said that, on Sept. 14, 2009, at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Heard had grabbed and hit photographer van Ree in the arm.
The TMZ report claims that Heard was arrested and booked for misdemeanor domestic violence, and appeared in court the next day. The prosecutor, however, reportedly let Heard go with a warning because both women lived in California at the time.
Heard accused Depp of domestic abuse last month, and has been granted a restraining order against him. Los Angeles police are currently investigating the allegations. The actress released a photo of herself with a bruised face after an alleged incident, and People magazine released several more photos of Heard with bruises as well.
Police responded to a domestic dispute on May 21, though Heard did not file a criminal report. The actress described in court papers another incident when Depp allegedly grabbed her by the hair and shoved her to the floor at her 30th birthday party. She also detailed Depp’s history of drug and alcohol abuse in the court documents.
Heard filed for divorce from Depp on May 23 after 15 months of marriage.