Amber Heard was arrested in 2009 for domestic violence. So, in essence, it’s her turn to deal with allegations of abuse. According to USA TODAY, Heard was arrested in September 2009, by Port of Seattle Police.
Today, her then-girlfriend, Tasya van Ree, is speaking out in her defense. E! News reports van Ree didn’t hesitate to assure everyone that the arrest was a mistake that should have never happened.
“In 2009, Amber was wrongfully accused for an incident that was misinterpreted and over-sensationalized by two individuals in a powerful position. I recount hints of misogynistic attitudes toward us which 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.”
On that day, back in 2009, Heard and van Ree got into an argument at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Apparently, Heard became angry enough to grab van Ree, striking her on the arm.
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) June 8, 2016
After Amber Heard was arrested, she appeared in Seattle’s King County District Court. At that time, prosecutors made the decision not to press charges and Heard was released. The district court clerk’s office recently confirmed both of these facts.
Airport spokesman Perry Cooper explained that the misdemeanor assault charge amounted to fourth-degree domestic violence. The arrest information was actually deleted from some computer systems, in November 2011, due to Washington state law. However, because it remained in the airport’s database, the crime is still verifiable. Obviously, this is not good news for Amber Heard. Although, it may be beneficial to Johnny Depp.
On Monday,TMZ got ahold of an audio of Heard’s 2009 court hearing. If you take a couple of minutes to listen to it, you’ll learn that she was using the last name van Ree. You’ll also learn that even though no charges were filed at the time, the prosecutor reminded her that could change. Charges could be refiled, during the two-year statute of limitations. TMZ attempted to contact Heard’s old attorney. As of this writing, there was no response.
Heard and van Ree split up two years ago. Even so, Tasya has this to say about her ex-girlfriend’s integrity and their continued friendship.
“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.”
Amber Heard accused Johnny Depp of assaulting her on May 21, according to Time. It reportedly happened at their Hollywood home, when he threw a cell phone at her. She also accused her husband of 15-months of pulling her hair, screaming at her repeatedly, and grabbing her face.
— EntertainmentTonight (@etnow) June 8, 2016
Heard’s lawyers recently stated that their client’s claim of domestic abuse is in no way motivated by money. In their eye’s Amber Heard is doing the right thing, by coming forward. In a joint statement, attorney Samantha Spector and co-counsel Joseph Koenig said, “Amber is a victim. Amber is a hero.”
In your mind, does Tasya van Ree’s support for Amber Heard make Amber’s claim of domestic violence more believable? With everyone seemingly taking sides, in regard to recent events, many questions still remain unanswered. At this point, no one knows who to believe in the latest Amber Heard-Johnny Depp scandal. Who’s side are you on?
[Photo by John Salangsang/AP Images]