LOS ANGELES • Actress Amber Heard filed a police statement on Tuesday accusing her estranged husband Johnny Depp of domestic violence, saying she had endured "years of physical and psychological" abuse.
Her attorneys said in a statement that the actress had refused to file a police report after a May 21 argument with Depp that left a bruise on her face out of concern for his career and to protect her privacy.
"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," said the statement by attorneys Samantha Spector and Joseph Koenig.
"Amber has suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny," they added.
"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."
Depp's representatives could not be immediately reached for comment.
Heard, 30, filed for divorce from Depp, 52, last week and obtained a restraining order against him. She appeared in a Los Angeles court last Friday with a black eye that she said was the result of Depp hurling a cell phone at her face during the May 21 incident.