Amber Heard, who was most recently seen in Aquaman, has written an essay for The Washington Post, published on 18 December, about the aftermath of accusing Johnny Depp of domestic violence. Heard in the article, wrote that she “felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out”.
“Friends and advisers told me I would never again work as an actress — that I would be blacklisted. A movie I was attached to recast my role. I had just shot a two-year campaign as the face of a global fashion brand, and the company dropped me. Questions arose as to whether I would be able to keep my role of Mera in the movies Justice League and Aquaman,” she wrote.
She shared that she had to often change her phone number because she used to receive death threats. Heard also wrote that she rarely stepped out of her apartment but when she did, she was tailed by paparazzi as well as camera drones.
She hoped that by sharing her experience, survivors of domestic violence were not sidelined and received more support. In the article Heard hoped that the public worked together to elect the representatives concerned about the people’s issues as well as to bring about a change in the existing laws and social norms.
Depp and Heard married in February 2015 and separated in May 2016. It was reported that Heard had obtained a restraining order against Depp after accusing the actor of verbal, emotional and physical abuse. Photos of the actress with a battered face had also surfaced.
Depp had denied the accusations leveled against him, calling them “salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation, and lies”, writes People.com. He had refused to pay the divorce settlement amount and said that Heard was making a spectacle as she wanted to stay in the spotlight.