Amber Heard Says She Got Death Threats After Speaking About Domestic Violence

Amber Heard has described the backlash she received after speaking out against domestic abuse.

The Aquaman actress has written a powerful opinion piece in The Washington Post about her determination to end sexual violence -- and the punishment she received for reporting abuse from her former husband, Johnny Depp.

Heard wrote that, while had she experienced sexual harassment and assault before she reached college-age, it wasn't until she spoke up about the famous actor's behaviour that she "felt the full force of our culture's wrath for women who speak out". 

The actress filed for divorce from Depp in 2016 and was granted a restraining order against him after reporting that the actor had assaulted her in their LA apartment.

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Heard said that she was warned against going public with the story -- with Hollywood insiders warning it would end her career.

"Friends and advisers told me I would never again work as an actress — that I would be blacklisted," she wrote.

"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'."

Heard said she at once saw the way in which powerful men are protected by institutions and called for increased legislative protection for survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

She went on to say that her own experience with abuse -- and the global community's reaction to her story -- spurred her on to advocate for change in all kinds of institutions.

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"I write this as a woman who had to change my phone number weekly because I was getting death threats," she said, explaining that she rarely left her apartment and was routinely followed by drones and photographers.

"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," she wrote.

Heard is currently working with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as an ambassador for women's rights and donated half of her $7 million divorce settlement money to the organisation.

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