Now that a verdict has been reached in Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard, some woodwork celebrities are coming out to support Heard.
The six-week trial excited the world as it was broadcast live whenever the court was in session.
Depp is suing ex-wife Heard for $50 million over three lines in a 2018 op-ed published on the Washington Post which she co-authored with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Heard is suing $100 million over statements Depp and his camp made about her.
The jury found Heard guilty of all counts of defamation and ordered her to pay Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
The jury also found Depp guilty of defamation stemming from an April 8, 2020 article by his associate Adam Waldman. They asked Depp to pay Heard $2 million in damages.
Some big names have been vocal in support of Depp from the start, with Paul McCartney projecting images of former Captain Jack Sparrow onto the screen at his concerts and his ex-girlfriend Kate Moss taking a stand in support of him in a megaviral moment.
Even the Judiciary Committee of the Republican House of Representatives expressed its support.
Support for Heard was a little more muted.
she Aquaman Carefully choosing to like the post-trial statements on Heard and Depp’s Instagram accounts, costar Jason Momoa sent a message that despite being friends with Heard, he’s not choosing sides.
Even her most famous friends, like Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne, have not revealed their feelings about the trial.
Elon Musk tweets in support of Depp and Heard
But since public opinion made it clear that Heard’s reputation suffered during the trial, sympathy for the actress has grown.
Elon Musk, Heard’s ex-boyfriend, dropped the charges and tweeted after last week’s final argument: “Hope they both move on. When they are at their best they are both amazing.”
Who liked Amber Heard’s post-verdict testimony?
While most celebrities remain silent about the highly controversial trial, some are slyly hinting at their allegiance through Instagram likes.
game of Thrones Actress Lena Headey liked Heard’s statement about the verdict on Instagram. Selma Blair also liked Heard’s post, along with The Good Fight actress Sarah Steele; Singer Kate Nash and Melanie Lynskey from Yellow jackets.
Fast and the Furious Actress Nathalie Emmanuel has liked tweets in support of Heard.
For his part, Depp received likes from Patti Smith, Bella Hadid, Naomi Campbell, Taika Waititi, Molly Shannon, Paris Hilton and more when it came to his post-trial testimony.
Mia Farrow tweets headline calling verdict ‘chilling’
Actress Mia Farrow has addressed her own blockbuster child custody battle involving Woody Allen, who married Farrow’s adopted daughter after dating Farrow for years.
Farrow posted a New Yorker Story by Jessica Winter entitled “The Depp Heard verdict is shocking”.
She quoted Winter that victims of domestic violence watching the outcome of the trial may feel “incredulous, ashamed and ostracized.”
Edward Norton likes posts that call out men
Actor Edward Norton liked a tweet from film critic A.O. Scott, which said, “Men need to be honest about what happened here.”
The tweet links to a New York Times Opinion titled “The Real Malice of the Johnny Depp Trial”.
Amy Schumer appears to endorse Heard’s backtracks
Amy Schumer, meanwhile, appeared to support Heard and then withdrew. She posted a screenshot of a quote by feminist icon Gloria Steinem on June 2, reading: “Any woman who chooses to act like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo treat her as one.” dirty joke will treat … . She will need her sisterhood.”
The post quickly garnered media attention, with commentators and critics alike assuming she intended it as support for Heard.
But she has since deleted the post.
On June 3, she replaced it with a screenshot of the Notes app, with the caption: “FYI I haven’t seen a second of this process. Can we maybe work to end gun violence?”
TV personality Padma Lakshmi seemed to agree, commenting, “Word.” Actress Naomi Watts posted a series of emojis with raised hands and hearts, while Julianne Moore also commented with three hearts.
But not everyone agreed. “I hate that logic,” commenter @rusticmustic wrote, “it implies we can only focus on one thing. It also means looking at your stuff is a waste of time because we could focus on other things.”
Courtney Love sympathizes with Heard
Before the verdict, Courtney Love voiced her support for Depp but said she feels for Heard.
“I was the most hated woman in America. I was the most hated woman in the world before TikTok, and it’s really a lot of empathy for how that must feel for Amber. Can you imagine how that feels? Jesus,” Love said, before adding that she felt Heard was “abused.”[d]“The #MeToo movement.
Julia Fox pilloried for ‘Trash Take’
Actress Julia Fox was slammed online for implying in May that Heard was in no position to truly abuse Depp because he has physical and financial power compared to her.
Singer Aubrey O’Day called Fox’s opinion a “trash take”, but Fox didn’t back down.
Ireland Baldwin Walks Back Slamming of Heard
Ireland Baldwin, model and daughter of Alec Baldwin, called Heard a “human disaster” in the early days of the trial, citing her disgust for women who abuse men.
She later backtracked on those comments.
“I regret speaking out about the whole thing because the reality is it’s all very sad,” she said in an Instagram Q&A. “And I feel bad for the two of them in different ways.” I tried [be] clear that men can be abused too and anyone who thinks otherwise is an idiot.”
David Krumholtz gives his full support
Actor David Krumholtz, who worked with Heard on the 2011 series The Playboy ClubShe had strong words for Depp.
“Drugs and alcohol turn men into monsters. I think Amber Heard,” he wrote on Instagram. “She’s not innocent. But she IS a victim. Johnny Depp’s complacency during the trial is disgusting.”