Friends and exes of Amber Heard have come to her defense, while Depp’s team and family have also voiced their support for him. It’s anybody’s guess what really happened at this point–Heard alleges abuse, Depp’s family says he wouldn’t do that, Heard’s ex said she’d never lie about that, etc.
However, news that back in 2009 Heard was caught at an airport striking her girlfriend of the time Tasya van Ree may not help her case. TMZ reported that Heard got in an argument with van Ree while in the Seattle airport, and eventually grabbed her and hit her in the arm.
Heard was arrested and booked for a misdemeanor, and the Rum Diary star was told to appear in court the next day. At her court appearance, the prosecutor declined to press charges since both parties lived outside the state.
Though each situation must be judged on its merit and committing domestic abuse in the past doesn’t automatically make Heard guilty in the present situation, but it could end up being used as evidence against her character if all other channels fail.
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