Amber Heard’s ex-girlfriend Tasya van Ree claims that their 2009 domestic violence incident was “misinterpreted.” In a statement to Us Weekly on Wednesday, June 8, van Ree defends Heard.
“In 2009, Amber was wrongfully accused for an incident that was misinterpreted and over-sensationalized by two individuals in a power position. 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,” the photographer tells Us. “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.”
Van Ree’s statement comes after reports of Amber’s 2009 arrest resurfaced earlier this week in the midst of the actress’ lawsuit against estranged husband Johnny Depp. As previously reported, Heard got into an altercation with van Ree at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on September 14, 2009. TMZ reported that Heard was booked for misdemeanor violence after grabbing van Ree’s arm.
The Danish Girl star was granted a restraining order against Depp last month, just days after she filed for divorce from the actor. In court documents obtained by Us Weekly, Heard accuses Depp of physical abuse and claims that she was “extremely afraid” for her safety.
Depp's lawyer, Laura Wasser, has since argued that Heard is attempting to secure financial gain with her allegations of domestic abuse.