In a rare public appearance on Monday, Amber Heard attended Glamour's Women of the Year awards in Los Angeles both to celebrate her accomplished peers and to make a bold statement.
Alongside fellow actresses Gabourey Sidibe and Freida Pinto, the 30-year-old read out the words of "Emily Doe" who was raped at the hands of Stanford swimmer Brock Turner. Together, the three named "Emily" one of Glamour's Women of the Year, honoring both her struggle and strength on stage.
"Future reference," "Emily" wrote in part, "if you are confused about whether a girl can consent, see if she can speak an entire sentence. I am not just a drunk victim at a frat party…while you are the All American swimmer at a top university…I am a human being who has been irreversibly hurt. You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today."
Heard's domestic violence/divorce case against now ex-husband Johnny Depp was put to an end in mid-August when the two reached a settlement. She voluntarily gave up all rights to the funds Depp received for his acting roles during their 15-month marriage.
The settlement was achieved just days after Heard's deposition, during which Depp lawyers Laura Wasser and Blair Berk grilled Heard on the incidences of violence she'd experienced while married to Depp.
Depp settled with Heard prior to being forced to undergo his own deposition.
It also came shortly after a video leaked of Depp engaging in an aggressive rant during which he could be seen slamming cabinets, smashing wine bottles, and wrestling a phone out of Heard's hands.
People has since confirmed Heard stayed true to her word. After months of harassment, accusations of "gold-digging," and targeted hatred, the actress donated her full $7 million divorce settlement to several charities that work to stop violence against women.