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Amber Heard’s Domestic Violence Claim Against Johnny Depp Being Investigated by LAPD

UPDATED: Los Angeles police are investigating Amber Heard’s domestic violence allegations against estranged husband Johnny Depp, Variety has learned.

A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said that the department “always investigates” allegations of this nature. Officials, however, said there was “no active investigation” on Friday.

The actress filed a claim with Los Angeles police on Tuesday, according to her lawyers.

Heard’s lawyers said “The Danish Girl” star didn’t initially tell police about the abuse in order to protect Depp’s career, but has since been “forced” by his team to give a police statement.

“Amber did not provide [an initial] statement to the LAPD in an attempt to protect her privacy and Johnny’s career,” Heard’s attorney Samantha F. Spector and her co-counsel Joseph P. Koenig said in a statement. “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.”

“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 statement says. “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.”

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Heard was granted a temporary restraining order late last week after she accused the “Edward Scissorhands” thesp of domestic violence. She said the actor threw a cellphone at her, hitting her cheek and eye, while he was high and drunk during a fight on May 21.

Heard entered Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday morning with a bruise around her right eye, which she said was a result of the altercation.

Law enforcement officials said last week that investigators found no evidence of an assault the previous weekend, when the police responded to a domestic dispute on May 21 in downtown L.A. Heard told investigators that night that she did not want to file a criminal report.

“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,” Spector and Koenig said. “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 21.”

The statement mirrors Heard’s sworn declaration in which she said she “endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse” during the entirety of their relationship.

“Amber has suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny,” the attorneys’ statement continues. “In domestic violence cases, it is not unusual for the perpetrator’s playbook to include miscasting the victim as the villain.”

“Amber is the victim. Amber is a hero,” the statement goes on to say after Depp’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, said Heard was motivated by financial gains.

“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,” Spector and Koenig added.

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