The divorce proceedings between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are getting more interesting as more and more details begin to surface.
Heard cited domestic abuse as a reason for filing divorce, and now it looks like the tables have been turned.
In a dramatic twist - that would not look out of place in a Hollywood film these two movie stars would star in - an old case of domestic abuse lodged against Heard has emerged.
Earlier in the week, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in the State of Washington confirmed to USA Today that the actress was arrested on September 14, 2009, after a spat on airport grounds with her then girlfriend, Tasya Van Ree.
Heard allegedly grabbed Van Ree's arm and struck her. As a result she was slapped with misdemeanor assault in fourth degree-domestic violence.
In 2011, a request was made to delete any information of the arrest from the database, and since this is allowable under Washington State law, it was removed from the system.
Unfortunately for Heard, it was not a complete removal and records still exist at the King County District Court in Seattle. The day after the arrest she appeared at such court of law and learned that prosecutors refused to press charges.
Van Ree refutes the authenticity of the event and said that the incident was "never that violent." Van Ree also stated that she did not want Heard arrested, however when the cops realized that the two women bore the same last name (Heard had legally changed her name to Amber Van Ree in 2008), domestic abuse charges were made.
Van Ree released a statement to People to defend her ex-girlfriend:
In 2009, Amber was wrongfully accused for an incident that was misinterpreted and over-sensationalized by two individuals in a power position."
"It's disheartening that Amber's integrity and story are being questioned yet again. Amber is a brilliant, honest and beautiful woman and I have the utmost respect for her. We shared 5 wonderful years together and remain close to this day.
During talks of a possible settlement, Depp's lawyers offered a $50,000 monthly spousal support deal to Heard's representatives. However the actress reportedly did not accept, since the actor asked for a "mutual restraining order" as part of his offer. Heard's refusal states that Depp is the violent one.
Heard was already granted a restraining order against Depp and has said that money is "the lowest priority," and that she is only interested in her safety.