KEY POINTS

  • Amber Heard resented the victim label in an emotional essay about domestic abuse
  • Amber Heard's L'Oreal commercial criticized for calling actress "humanitarian"
  • Johnny Depp said in court documents that Amber Heard had a history of domestic abuse

Amber Heard claimed to resent the label of victim in an essay she penned about domestic abuse after her split from Johnny Depp. 

Heard and Depp parted ways over three years ago, with the former accusing the latter of being violent and physically abusive. However, an audio recording recently leaked with Heard admitting she hit Depp.

In the alleged recordings, the “Aquaman” star even taunted the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor to tell the world that he was the victim and see if the people would believe that a man as strong as him would be abused by a woman like her. 

In 2016, Heard penned an emotional essay for Porter magazine expressing her thoughts about being labeled as “victim.” The actress reiterated why domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors prefer the term ”survivor” rather than the term “victim” as a method of empowerment.

“I was raised to be independent and self-reliant. I was never given nor wanted the burden of dependency. I never felt like anyone would or could rescue me, so naturally I resented the label of ‘victim’,” she wrote.

Heard didn’t mention Depp’s name in her letter but concluded it with an inspirational message for those who suffer abuse like her as she claimed.

“As I write this today, I can promise every woman who is suffering in silence: You are not alone. You may not see us, but we are there,” Heard added.

Following the leakage of the audio recording many were convinced that Heard’s allegations against Depp were not true. The actress was slammed on social media and her ad for L’Oreal was criticized. The company was also attacked for calling Heard “humanitarian” and a “Woman of Worth” after she assaulted Depp and lied about him.

“Why is Amber Heard listed as Actor and Humanitarian in this L’Oréal ad? Does ‘humanitarian’ also stand for beating up and ridiculing Johnny Depp?” @mrRuimy wrote on Twitter.

“No one in my circle of family or friends will be purchasing your company's products until you #FireAmberHeard because we will not be supporting an abuser. #JusticeForJohnnyDepp #BoycottLoreal,” @LayniLaCroix added.

Depp said in a court document that Heard had a history of domestic abuse. However, she was not the victim but the perpetrator. Heard was arrested when she assaulted her ex-girlfriend Tasya van Ree at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in 2009.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp Amber Heard and Johnny Depp attend The Art of Elysium HEAVEN Gala in Culver City, California, Jan. 9, 2016. Photo: Getty Images