Amber Heard: Arrest For Domestic Assault Revealed

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Last month, actress Amber Heard accused her estranged husband Johnny Depp of assault in a court filing that caused huge controversy.

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard: Venice Film Festival Photo

Her court documents contained several shocking allegations against the 52-year-old screen icon she married just last year.

Heard was granted a temporary restraining order, and it initially looked as though the matter would be settled in divorce and civil courts.

However, after fans and famous friends of Depp's came forward to defend Depp and accuse Heard of blackmail, the 30-year-old actress doubled down.

Deciding to go public with several more accusations of past instances of abuse, she threw gasoline on what was already a media firestorm.

The court of public opinion seems pretty evenly split on this one, and it may be several months before the various disputes between Heard and Depp are decided by a judge.

In the meantime, however, new information has emerged about Heard's past, and it may bolster Depp supporters' arguments against her.

Several media outlets are now reporting that Heard was arrested for domestic assault in 2009, while she was still dating former fiancee Tasya Van Ree.

According to police reports, the situation started when the ex-couple got into an argument at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

They began shouting at one another and quickly drew the attention of passers-by.

Witnesses say Heard grabbed Van Ree by the arm and struck her.

She was later arrested and booked for misdemeanor domestic violence.

Heard was arraigned the next day, and the prosecutor in her case decided not to go forward with charges.

She was, however. cautioned by the judge to keep her nose clean. 

He reminded Amber that the case could be re-opened at any point in the next two years if she experienced any further trouble with the law.

This should have little to no impact on the perception of her troubles with Depp, as committing an act of domestic violence in no way means that one can't be a victim of a similar crime years later.

That said, you can bet that members of Team Depp - already adamant that their favorite star did nothing wrong - are pretty pleased with, or at least very intrigued by, today's revelation.

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