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Officer in 2009 Amber Heard arrest hits back at 'homophobic' accusations

Published 10/06/2016

Amber Heard
Amber Heard

The policewoman who made the arrest fights back against Tasya van Ree's accusations.

The female police officer who arrested Amber Heard for domestic violence in 2009 has hit back at charges cops were "homophobic" during the airport incident.

The Danish Girl star was slapped with a misdemeanour charge seven years ago, following a public altercation with her then-girlfriend, photographer Tasya van Ree, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington.

Heard was accused of hitting van Ree in the arm, and was taken in for booking. She faced the charge in court the next day, but prosecutors decided against pursuing the count as both she and Tasya were residents of California, not Washington.

On Wednesday (08Jun16), Tasya broke her silence to refute the arrest reports, insisting her ex was "wrongfully accused for an incident that was misinterpreted and over-sensationalised by two individuals in a power position".

In a statement issued to, she continued: "I recount hints of misogynistic attitudes toward us which later appeared to be homophobic when they found out we were domestic partners and not just 'friends'. Charges were quickly dropped and she was released moments later."

However, Tasya's comments have angered arresting officer Beverly Leonard, because she is an openly-gay woman.

"I am so not homophobic or mysoginistic (sic)!" she exclaimed in a post on "The arrest was made because an assault occurred (I witnessed it) and the parties were in a domestic relationship."

Amber has yet to comment on the details of her past, which were unearthed after she accused her estranged husband, Johnny Depp, of assaulting her on numerous occasions during their relationship. The former couple, which met on the set of 2011 movie The Rum Diary, are currently embroiled in a messy divorce battle after Amber obtained a domestic violence restraining order against the Pirates of the Caribbean star.

Amber claimed Depp assaulted her at her birthday party on 21 April (16) and then disappeared for a month. The couple allegedly fought on his return on 21 May (16), and Heard claims her husband threw an iPhone at her face, causing the bruising she showed off as she attended court for the protective order last month (May16).

Depp's representative previously blasted the assault accusations, stating, "Amber is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse."

Heard and Depp are due to face off in court on 17 June (16).

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