Amber Heard to File Assault Charges Against Johnny Depp

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As you've probably heard by now, Amber Heard accused Johnny Depp of assault in a hearing held last week in which the actress requested a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in Palm Springs

In the days since her accusations became public knowledge, many have questioned the veracity of Heard's claims, including several friends and exes of Depp's.

Some have even gone so far as to claim that Heard is blackmailing Depp and using these accusations as leverage in order to gain a more favorable spousal support settlement.

One of the major sources of controversy has been the fact that Heard declined to file a report on the night that a friend called police to her house as a result of Depp's alleged attack.

Now, Heard's lawyers have issued a statement in which they claim that their client failed to provide a statement only because she “protect her privacy and Johnny’s career.”

"She’s now going to go through with it,” says a source close to Amber.

"Amber is working up the courage to do it,” a source close to the situation tells Radar Online, adding that Heard “is being encouraged by friends to do it not only for herself but other women who are victims of domestic violence.”

Moments ago, Heard’s attorney Samantha F. Spector issued a statement reading:

“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.

"Johnny’s team has forced Amber to give a statement to the LAPD to set the record straight as to the true facts, as she cannot continue to leave herself open to the vicious false and malicious allegations that have infected the media.”

Depp's team has yet to respond to this latest development.

We'll have updates on this story as more information becomes available.

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