Are they too stupid?
Johnny Depp’s notoriously die-hard fans are pulling one of Amber Heard’s witnesses online after Monday’s statements.
After practicing psychiatrist Dr. David R. Spiegel testified against Depp on behalf of Heard’s team, people began flooding his WebMD page with scathing one-star reviews.
Der Spiegel testified that Depp “has behaviors that are consistent both with someone suffering from a substance use disorder and with the behavior of someone who engages in intimate partner violence.”
When Depp’s lawyers questioned how Spiegel could be sure of his conclusions without having had contact with the 58-year-old film star, the psychiatrist said he was denied.
After he testified, devout #JusticeforJohnnyDepp posters flooded the medical page of Der Spiegel with negative comments and reviews, calling him “unprofessional” and an “idiot.”
“Because of his insane testimony and strange behavior during the Depp Heard trial, I fear for every patient in his ‘care,'” wrote one hater. “A narcissist, a con artist, and an arrogant jerk.”
“Seems you just want to be on TV. Talking nonsense all the time, dodging every question, extremely aggressive, ignorant, diagnosing people without even meeting them,” commented another. “Not to mention calling Mr. Depp an ‘idiot.'”
Some reviews were Screenshot taken and posted on Twitter by NBC reporter Kat Tenbarge, which racked up nearly 25,000 likes on the platform and went viral.
But some Heard supporters were quick to bite back on the subpar reviews, saying Spiegel did a “fantastic job” when he testified.
“All of these one-star ratings aren’t related to patient care,” one person commented. “They are opinions from viewers following the Johnny Depp trial. Maybe you can find another place to vent your frustration.”
“It was hard to see Johnny Depp’s lawyer taunting him the whole time. It was like 8th grade bullies. shameless Unprofessional. Doctor Spiegel is a hero for standing up for Amber Heard,” wrote another, decrying the online hate spread by Depp fans on the medical site.
But Spiegel isn’t the first witness heard to face backlash for taking a stand. Earlier this month, clinical psychologist Dawn Hughes received negative reviews on a WebMD page that included her name and practice, according to NBC News.
“Don’t think men can be victims of abuse,” reads one review. “Extremely biased. I guess she only discredits victims for money.”
However, on the WedMD side, it appears that many reviews have since been deleted.
This isn’t the only very public display of Depp fandom, however. They turned out in droves to support the beloved actor and even camped outside the courthouse to secure a front row seat in the courtroom. Some even spent more than $30,000 in travel expenses to witness the trial in person.
Tensions between fans on both sides remain high as Heard supporters accuse Depp supporters of misogyny and sexism.
“All of Amber’s movements on the witness stand are being dissected, and the victim accusation that’s happening right now means she’s taking action when she’s crying, and when she’s not crying, she wasn’t abused,” Sara, a Heard fan who wanted that her last name is being withheld, insiders said. “It’s a lot bigger than just Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.”
Depp is suing ex-wife Heard, 36, for $50 million for defamation after the publication of Heard’s 2018 Washington Post op-ed, in which she described herself as a “public figure who advocates domestic violence.” Although she never directly named Depp, he claims it ruined his career and reputation and cost him millions of dollars in work.
In 2020, Heard sued Depp for $100 million, saying he defamed her when his attorney told the press she fabricated the abuse allegations.