Amber Heard Tearfully Bashes Estranged Husband Johnny Depp, Talks About Domestic Violence In New PSA [VIDEO]
Amber Heard starred in a new domestic violence public service announcement (PSA), in which she talked about her own personal thoughts and experiences as a "victim" to her own husband, Johnny Depp.
Early this year, Heard filed for divorce and accused Depp of physically and verbally abusing her throughout their entire 15-month marriage. She filed for divorce in May and quickly received a restraining order against her husband.
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Depp has denied the allegations but paid $7 million in order to reach a divorce settlement with Heard and keep the issue out of court. Heard later said she would donate the money to charity, but Depp overstepped and sent the money directly to the organizations himself. All of that went down three months ago.
Fast forward to this Friday, Heard came out with a new PSA as a result of her partnership with the Girlgaze Project in honor of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Towards Women.
The PSA runs a little over two minutes and begins with Heard asking,
"How is this happening to me? You know? I'm strong. I'm smart. I'm not a victim."
"I guess there was a lot of shame attached to that label of 'victim,' Heard continues. "It happens to so many women. When it happens in your home behind closed doors with someone you love, it's not as straight-forward [as] if a stranger did this."
Heard tried to hold back her tears as she recalled "telling someone safe" about her problems, adding, "If I hadn't had a few people that I really trust around me - a few women, a few friends - if I didn't have them around me, how different my life would be."
Although it is quite unfortunate that she had to be in this situation on the "public stage," she saw the silver lining. If anything, at least, she can serve as an inspiration and courage for other "victims" like herself.
"I have a unique opportunity to remind other women not only that this doesn't have to be the way it is, you don't have to do it alone. You're not alone. And also, we can change this."
"We need to take responsibility for how we talk about these things," Heard further stresses. "It's the only way people are going to feel comfortable coming forward, raising their voices and standing up for themselves."
Finally, she urged her fans and viewers to "Speak up."
Check out the full video below: