Amber Heard arrested for domestic violence in 2009

Amber Heard and girlfriend Tasya Van ReeIn the midst of the ugly divorce proceedings and abuse allegations between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, TMZ is now reporting that Amber herself was arrested for domestic violence back in 2009.

According to law enforcement sources and documents obtained by TMZ, Amber and then-girlfriend Tasya van Ree (pictured left) got into an argument at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on September 14, 2009. After allegedly grabbing and striking Tasya in the arm, the Pineapple Express actress was then arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence and booked, then appeared in court the following day.

TMZ obtained audio of the court hearing, during which the prosecutor declined to move forward with the case, reportedly because both women lived in California. Also heard on the audio tape was the judge warning Amber that prosecutors could still refile within the two-year statute of limitations.

As previously reported, Amber was granted a restraining order against husband Johnny Depp late last month just days after filing for divorce. In court documents, Amber claimed that Johnny became violent against her on her April 21 birthday and subsequently threw a cell phone at her on May 21. Photos of the actress with a cut on her lip and a bruise on her eye later surfaced.

Friends, family and colleagues of the Alice Through the Looking Glass star have come to his defense, refuting the allegations, while in a May 31 statement, Amber’s attorneys slammed the actor, claiming that Amber “suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny” and didn’t come forward sooner “in an attempt to protect her privacy and Johnny’s career.”

Both estranged spouses are due back in court on June 17.

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  1. Georgia17 • June 7, 2016 @ 11:43 AM

    So this somehow proves that she’s lying? Or maybe she hit him first? Hogwash.

  2. Greggo • June 7, 2016 @ 12:03 PM

    I heard this girl was crazy but this is getting ridiculous. They are both nuts. A good old case of he said she said where I’m sure the truth lies somewhere in the middle. But hey, any publicity is good publicity right?

  3. Jane • June 7, 2016 @ 12:06 PM


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  5. Fresh17 • June 7, 2016 @ 12:50 PM

    Seems like Amber is full of shit, but who really knows what goes on behind closed doors.

  6. moviesteve • June 7, 2016 @ 1:03 PM

    Yeah, I’m not so sure Johnny struck her. If anyone was doing the hitting, it was probably Amber…hitting burgers out of Johnny’s hand.

  7. Sean • June 7, 2016 @ 2:39 PM

    I’ve Heard she’s an extortionist. I’ve Heard she likes money, which I’ve Heard Johnny has.

  8. Sarah • June 7, 2016 @ 2:52 PM

    Interesting…this definitely doesn’t change anything about the abuse she suffered from Johnny Depp. Sad situation

  9. Amberr • June 7, 2016 @ 3:45 PM

    I am a HUGE Johnny Depp fan and was so upset when this story first surfaced….Do i believe it? I don’t know….It doesn’t seem as if he would do such a thing but who am I to say that, I have never met him. NOW with this story coming to light it does make me question her and her ability to become violent when angry. All in all….I have never been a huge fan of hers and I really hope he didn’t lay a hand on her in any way….domestic violence is WRONG both ways… matter what your gender is. VIOLENCE IS NEVER THE ANSWER.

    (If Depp needs a new wife, I’d GLADLY fill that void ;))

  10. Hans • June 9, 2016 @ 8:27 AM

    I think she’s lying as well. IF Johnny’s friends, family and colleagues have all come to his defense refuting that he has never done so — or is not the kind of person to do so then where are Amber’s defenders, who is in her corner ? Her attorney?

  11. isla gary • June 9, 2016 @ 11:32 AM

    People will comment that when they were abused no one believed them either. But that’s what she and others like her count on for sympathy for their lies. They will pound the victim status into their heads until they cry for them. SICK! but it does happen.

  12. isla gary • June 9, 2016 @ 6:48 PM

    They send a message that we can charge actors for money…like Johnny Depp.

  13. isla gary • June 9, 2016 @ 6:50 PM

    Amber: “Go Ahead do it!!” I daare you! We have all heard it before.

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