Written by Zoë Holloway, June 9, 2016

Yesterday it emerged that long before Amber Heard’s messy divorce from Johnny Depp and her domestic abuse allegations towards the actor, Amber, 30, was arrested for misdemeanour domestic violence back in 2009.

At the time, Amber and her then girlfriend Tasya van Ree were travelling through an airport when Amber is said to have grabbed Tasya’s arm, and was subsequently taken into custody.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: (L to R) Amber Heard and Taysa Van Ree attend the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2011 Official Coverage at Lincoln Center on September 11, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

Now, in the wake of both Amber and Johnny’s legal battles being flung into the spotlight, Tasya has come forward in support of her ex-girlfriend, years after the two split up.

When speaking about the incident, Tasya, 40, claims Amber’s arrest was an act of homophobia, saying, ‘In 2009, Amber was wrongfully accused for an incident that was misinterpreted and over-sensationalised by two individuals in a powerful position.’

‘I recount hints of misogynistic attitudes toward us which alter 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.’

Tasya continues, ‘It’s disheartening that Amber’s integrity and story are being questioned yet again. Amber is a brilliant, honest and beautiful woman and I have the utmost respect for her. We shared five wonderful years together and remain close to this day.’

CULVER CITY, CA - JANUARY 09:  Actress Amber Heard and actor Johnny Depp attend Art of Elysium's 9th annual Heaven Gala at 3LABS on January 9, 2016 in Culver City, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

For more information on domestic abuse or to get help for yourself/someone you love, visit 1800 RESPECT (national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service) or call them on 1800 737 732.

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