Amber Heard said the backlash she received after levelling allegations of domestic violence against former husband, actor Johnny Depp, resulted in her being dropped from many jobs.
In an op-ed for the Washington Post, the 32-year-old actor revealed that she lost out on a number of roles as a result of 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. 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,” she wrote.
“I had the rare vantage point of seeing, in real time, how institutions protect men accused of abuse,” she added. The actor did not mention Depp in the op-ed but made an apparent reference to his stature as grand as the Titanic ship.
“Imagine a powerful man as a ship, like the Titanic. That ship is a huge enterprise. When it strikes an iceberg, there are a lot of people on board desperate to patch up holes — not because they believe in or even care about the ship, but because their own fates depend on the enterprise,” she wrote.
“I want to ensure that women who come forward to talk about violence receive more support. We can work together to demand changes to laws and rules and social norms — and to right the imbalances that have shaped our lives,” concluded Heard.
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