What did Johnny Depp say after the verdict in the trial against Amber Heard? Full statement
As the defamation trial between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp comes to an end, both have taken to social media to respond to the verdict.
After weeks of the highly watched defamation case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard came to end, many following online are still unsure of what actually occurred between the cover.
The jury came to a decision that Depp’s lawyers prove defamation claims and the court has ordered Heard to pay $15 million to Depp. However, on one count, Depp will owe Heard $2 million for defaming her throughout the process.
Hollywood rallies around Depp
The actor took to Instagram to express his gratitude to the jury saying that he is “truly humbled.”
In his post he said that he was motivated to bring the case forward after his life, “the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me,” changed after Heard’s article was published by The Washington Post. Depp described the accusations as “false,” “very serious,” and “criminal” and that after they were made it “triggered an endless barrage of hateful content.”
The post has received over sixteen million likes and Depp has received support from many Hollywood actors, musicians, and other celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Hailey Bieber, and Naomi Campbell.
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Heard responds to the verdict
Heard has also voiced her opinions over the decision saying that she is very “disappointed” and worries what the impacts could be for other women who come forward to speak out against their domestic abusers.
Heard’s post has received far less support, with the actress noting that in part, her voice was not able to break through the “disproportionate power and influence of her ex-husband.”
Media literacy surrounding the trial described as “abhorrent”
After the verdict was announced many people on Twitter have come out to express their disgust and frustration with the way the trial was televised, leading the case to be sensationalized. Rather than a fair trial, many see this case as having taken place in the court of public opinion. All nuance in the discussion on domestic violence was lost and the complexities of the clearly toxic and violent relationship between the actors were pushed aside for clicks and views.
NBC culture and tech report, Kat Tenbarge, tweeted about the lack of media literacy that surrounded the trial saying “most people, even if they say they did, DID NOT watch the trial. [...] watched TikToks and YouTube videos, most of which were biased for a clear economic purpose.”
Throughout her research, Tenbarge began to notice that the economically viable position on the trial was to side with Depp and those who acted in a neutral way were seen as favoring Heard and thus took the risk of losing followers.