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 WHO.
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."