The "Aquaman" star, who accused Depp of being "verbally and physically abusive" in court documents filed as part of their 2017 divorce, has penned a column for The Washington Post in which she pledged to fight for better treatment of women who come forward with abuse claims.
Recalling the way she was treated after making the claims against Depp, which he has denied, Amber wrote: "I write this as a woman who had to change my phone number weekly because I was getting death threats. For months, I rarely left my apartment, and when I did, I was pursued by camera drones and photographers on foot, on motorcycles and in cars. Tabloid outlets that posted pictures of me spun them in a negative light. I felt as though I was on trial in the court of public opinion - and my life and livelihood depended on myriad judgments far beyond my control."
Amber, who is an ambassador on women's rights at the American Civil Liberties Union, added that she "felt the full force of our culture's wrath for women who speak out."
"Friends and advisers told me I would never again work as an actress - that I would be blacklisted," she continued. "A movie I was attached to recast my role. I had just shot a two-year campaign as the face of a global fashion brand, and the company dropped me. Questions arose as to whether I would be able to keep my role of Mera in the movies 'Justice League' and 'Aquaman'."
Today I published this op-ed in the Washington Post about the women who are channeling their rage about violence and inequality into political strength despite the price of coming forward.— Amber Heard (@realamberheard) December 19, 2018
From college campuses to Congress, we're balancing the scales.https://t.co/dBSwuJBtay
Now Amber is urging people to be more accepting of those making abuse claims in what she called a "transformative political moment." She requested that the U.S. Congress should "reauthorise and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act", a law established in 1994 that Amber described as "one of the most effective pieces of legislation enacted to fight domestic violence and sexual assault."
"I want to ensure that women who come forward to talk about violence receive more support," she concluded. "We are electing representatives who know how deeply we care about these issues. We can work together to demand changes to laws and rules and social norms - and to right the imbalances that have shaped our lives."