Amber Heard isn't dropping her spousal support request because she lied

Jun 14, 2016 at 4:09 p.m. ET
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In the latest move in a contentious divorce, Amber Heard has withdrawn her request for temporary spousal support. This decision comes as critics have accused Heard of "blackmailing" Depp.

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As E! reports, the initial request would have granted Heard $50,000 per month if fulfilled. She claims that the request has been "used against [her] to distract and divert the public away from the very serious real issue of domestic violence."

Heard makes it clear that the dropped request is a direct response to the PR campaign against her. The documents read: "In light of the coordinated false and negative media campaign falsely depicting my attempts to attain a CLETS Domestic Violence Restraining Order as being financially motivated, I am hereby with drawing the request... for spousal support." The reference to a "coordinated" campaign may allude to Depp's attorney Laura Wasser and the PR team a powerful man like Depp can have on call for exactly this situation. E! reports that she will be able to request support as the proceedings continue.

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Heard is sending a clear message that her decision to divorce her husband isn't a money grab. It's currently up in the air whether she'll receive a permanent restraining order against Depp, which would lower the numbers for spousal support even further. As Heard — and her witness and friend iO Tillett Wright — have stated, she's seeking to legally escape a violent situation.

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