Amber Heard says she lost significant work after making abuse allegations against ex Johnny Depp
Amber Heard had to face repercussions for her abuse allegations on ex husband Johnny Depp in the form of losing out jobs
Amber Heard had to face a lot more than her ex-husband's allegedly abusive behavior, the actress has revealed.
The 'Aquaman' actress, who was previously married to actor Johnny Depp, said in a recent candid piece that she lost out on significant work after she went public with the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor's abusive behavior.
The 32-year-old penned an op-ed for The Washington Post in which she directly references the backlash she received since coming forward two years ago as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” However, she did not once mention Depp by name in the entire article.
“Friends and advisers told me I would never again work as an actress — that I would be black-listed. 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.
Heard filed for divorce from Depp in 2016 amid claims that the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor physically and verbally abused her. But Depp has repeatedly denied all the allegations made against him by the actress. Heard, while describing one of her encounters, said Depp had thrown a cell phone at her during a drunken attack.
One year after filing for divorce, the couple settled for $7 million and parted ways. Heard donated the money to American Civil Liberties Union and the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
In the op-ed, Heard said that she hoped that with the help of her written word, she can support other victims of abuse and highlight the growing number of changes that have been put in place by and for women since the rise of the #MeToo movement in 2017.
In her article, Heard also called out President Donald Trump for the numerous allegations against him. “We are in a transformative political moment. The president of our country has been accused by more than a dozen women of sexual misconduct, including assault and harassment. Outrage over his statements and behaviour has energised a female-led opposition,” she wrote.
“#MeToo started a conversation about just how profoundly sexual violence affects women in every area of our lives. And last month, more women were elected to Congress than ever in our history, with a mandate to take women’s issues seriously. Women’s rage and determination to end sexual violence are turning into a political force.”
And while concluding the piece, the actress gave a rare insight into what her life has been like since making her allegations against the 55-year-old actor, saying she's even received death threats after it.
“I write this as a woman who had to change my phone number weekly because I was getting death threats. For months, I rarely left my apartment, and when I did, I was pursued by camera drones and photographers on foot, on motorcycles and in cars. Tabloid outlets that posted pictures of me spun them in a negative light,” she said. “I felt as though I was on trial in the court of public opinion — and my life and livelihood depended on myriad judgments far beyond my control.”