Johnny Depp’s social support ‘in the billions’ amid Amber Heard case
Johnny Depp amassed support in the billions over his defamation case against Amber Heard, it has been claimed.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor won his lengthy trial against his ex-wife, over a 2018 op-ed she penned in the Washington Post, discussing her experience with domestic abuse.
He sought $50million in damages and was awarded $15m, which later was reduced to $8m, with the Aquaman actress getting $2m in her countersuit, from the $100m she was seeking.
Social media has been flooded with details of the case, which was being livestreamed on YouTube, and hashtags have also been trending on Twitter since the proceedings first began, in April.
According to reports in TMZ, a TikTok hashtag in support of Depp – #JusticeForJohnny – had more than 19billion views on TikTok, which trounced the #JusticeForAmberHeard counterpart.
That particular hashtag reportedly raked in 81million views in comparison.
Heard broke down on the stand last week as she discussed the impact that the case being so public had on her.
‘I am harassed, humiliated, threatened, every single day. Even just walking into this courtroom,’ she told the jury. ‘Sitting here in front of the world, having the worst parts of my life, things that I have lived through, used to humiliate me.
‘People want to kill me and they tell me so every single day. People want to put my baby in the microwave, and they tell me that.
‘I receive hundreds of death threats regularly, if not daily. Thousands since this trial started.
‘This is horrible. This is painful. And this is humiliating for any human being to go through.
‘Perhaps it’s easy to forget that I am a human being.’
Speaking in an interview after the verdict was announced, Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, condemned the response the mom-of-one received on social media while the trial was being heard, slamming it as ‘horrible’.
‘It was horrible, it was really, really lop-sided,’ she said on the Today Show. ‘I was against cameras in the courtroom and I went on record with that and had argued against it, because of the sensitive nature of this.
‘It made it a zoo.’
Bredehoft also said that the Justice League star will be appealing the decision, and ‘has excellent grounds for it’.
‘We had even tried to get the UK judgement in to dismiss his case, because he already had his shot, and that’s one of the issues. But also a number of the evidentiary issues, there was so much evidence that did not come in,’ she continued.
‘The court found there, and we weren’t allowed to tell the jury this, but the court found that Mr Depp had committed at least 12 acts of domestic violence, including sexual violence, against Amber.
‘We had an enormous amount of evidence that was suppressed in this case, that was in the UK case.’
Bredehoft added: ‘It’s a horrible message. It’s a setback, a significant setback because that’s exactly what it means.
‘Unless you pull out your phone and you video your spouse or your significant other beating you, effectively, you won’t be believed.’
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