The actress has been hailed a 'hero' after coming forward

Days after Amber Heard shocked the public with allegations of abuse from estranged husband Johnny Depp, the actress has now broken her silence with an official statement.

The actress has made it clear that she originally didn’t provide the Los Angeles Police Department with a statement as a way of protecting her privacy and Johnny’s career. However, after the Alice Through the Looking Glass actor strongly denied any instances of physical abuse, Amber has now decided to speak out.

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Called a ‘hero’ by her legal team, Amber’s statement begins: ‘As the result of Amber’s decision to decline giving an initial statement to the LAPD, her silence has been used against her by Johnny’s team.

‘Amber did not provide a statement to the LAPD in an attempt to protect her privacy and Johnny’s career.’

Later in the document, the legal team of the 30-year-old Magic Mike XXL star claims that she has suffered through ‘years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny’ – and has been forced to speak out due to the response of his team.

After upsetting pictures of Amber’s bruised face emerged last week, his ex Vanessa Paradis and model daughter Lily-Rose Depp have jumped to his defence, with Lily-Rose calling him ‘the sweetest, most loving person’ she knows.

However, Amber’s passionate statement ends with her legal team criticising the ‘attack’ on Amber’s character by Johnny’s team, and reinforcing that her actions are not motivated by financial gain.

‘We took the high road,’ the statement concludes. ‘Unfortunately, Johnny’s team immediately went to the press and began viciously attacking Amber’s character.

‘Amber is simply a victim of domestic violence, and none of her actions are motivated by money. Amber is a brave and financially independent woman who is showing the courage of her convictions by doing the right thing against Johnny’s relentless army of lawyers and surrogates.

‘The Family Law Court is not going to be influenced by misinformation placed in the social media based on anonymous sources.

‘Amber is the victim. Amber is a hero.’