Amber Heard’s Ex-Girlfriend Tasya van Ree Claims Actress Was ‘Wrongfully Accused’ in 2009 Domestic Violence Arrest

Amber Heard’s ex-girlfriend Tasya van Ree is speaking out after news surfaced Tuesday that the actress was arrested in 2009 for domestic violence against her.

In a statement, van Ree says the 2009 incident, in which Heard allegedly grabbed and struck her arm during an altercation at Seattle airport, was “over-sensationalized.”

“In 2009, Amber was wrongfully accused for an incident that was misinterpreted and over-sensationalized by two individuals in a power position,” says van Ree.

PEOPLE has reached out to Seattle police for comment.

Heard appeared in front of a King County judge on Sept. 15, 2009, following the public altercation with van Ree, however the prosecutor declined to file charges.

Though Heard and van Ree called it quits in 2012, the photographer says the two have maintained an amicable relationship and that she has the “utmost respect” for the actress.

“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,” she says in her statement. “We shared 5 wonderful years together and remain close to this day.”

During their relationship, the actress legally changed her last name to van Ree, but switched it back to Heard following their split, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.

Meanwhile, Heard was spotted stepping out in Sherman Oaks, California, on Wednesday.

Heard was granted a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband, Johnny Depp, on May 27 after claiming that the actor had been both “verbally and physically abusive” to her throughout the “entirety” of their relationship.

In court documents responding to Heard’s initial court filing, Depp’s attorney Laura Wasser alleged that Heard “is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse.”

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