Amber Heard speaks out again about domestic abuse, despite consequences she says she paid

Amber Heard, the ex-wife of Johnny Depp who accused him of beating her up, posted a column in the Washington Post late Tuesday lamenting the consequences she paid for speaking out and urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. 

Two years ago, she wrote, she “became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.”

Heard, 32, was told she’d never work in Hollywood again. Her role in a movie was recast. The company that hired her for a two-year gig as the face of a global fashion brand dropped her. There were doubts about whether she would keep her role of Mera in “Justice League” and just-released “Aquaman,” although she subsequently did.

She had to change her phone number weekly because of death threats. For months, she rarely left her home and when she did she was pursued by camera drones and photographers on foot, motorcycles and in cars. Tabloids posted mean pictures of her, she recounted. She was on trial in the court of public opinion, with little control over how people were judging her, she said.

“I had the rare vantage point of seeing, in real time, how institutions protect men accused of abuse,” she wrote.

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