The actor has created artwork of people he knows, which has been described as ‘an intimate reflection of her character in Johnny’s eyes; a representation of how they revealed themselves to him.”
Last week a jury of five men and two women ruled largely in favor of Johnny Depp as his libel trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard came to an end.
The incredibly publicized six-week trial was sparked by an op-ed Amber wrote for the Washington Post in 2018 calling for more support for women survivors of domestic violence.
Although she didn’t mention Johnny by name, she explained that she became a “public figure” over domestic violence two years earlier when she filed for divorce from the actor and obtained a restraining order against him.
In a statement released at the time, Amber claimed that Johnny had “verbally and physically abused her” throughout their relationship.
Johnny has denied abusing Amber and has filed a defamation lawsuit against her in response to the publication of her comment.
The case went to court in April this year – two years after Johnny lost a defamation case against British tabloid The Sun when a judge ruled there was enough evidence for them to label him a “wife beater” in an article.
This year’s libel trial took place in Virginia, and thanks to state laws allowing the court to be broadcast live on the internet, it was being followed closely by people around the world.
While Johnny’s fans rallied across social media to show their support, some got angry when they bombarded his daughter Lily-Rose Depp with abusive messages on Instagram.
Aside from a post celebrating her 23rd birthday on May 28, Lily-Rose was not active on her social media account throughout the process. However, her previous photos were accompanied by comments urging her not to publicly support her father.
Last month, a now-viral tweet shared a screenshot of just some of the comments the user spotted on Lily-Rose’s Instagram page.
“You post your tits more than your own dad what a wreck,” read one message. Another person wrote: “Not a single picture of your dad! What kind of person are you!?” In a second comment, the same report continued, “After years you will be gone and forgotten and people will only remember you as the daughter of a legendary man.”
Social media users shared their shock at the harassment Lily-Rose was subjected to and called out the trolls online. One tweet read: “You don’t think that this may all be difficult for you, you all feel entitled to have your time and energy. It’s sick.”
And Johnny apparently addressed Lily-Rose’s silence in a collection of images from his NFT project Never Fear Truth, which he launched in January.
Described as the “first public presentation of Johnny’s art,” Never Fear Truth focuses on the star’s “friends and heroes,” with the site adding, “People he knew well and who inspired him as a person.” Each image is an intimate reflection of her character as seen by Johnny; a representation of how they revealed themselves to him.”
Some of the famous names featured in the NFTs are River Phoenix, Heath Ledger and Elizabeth Taylor – as well as Lily-Rose.
There are hundreds of different animated images of his daughter, all worked from the same photographic image before being pulled back and “energized” with Johnny’s freehand and “reflections of the nature of the individual”.
“Silence, Exile, List” is a paraphrase from the novel A portrait of the artist as a young manby James Joyce, and Johnny also has the three words tattooed on his forearm.
Johnny shares Lily-Rose with his ex Vanessa Paradis. The pair are also mom and dad to 20-year-old Jack Depp, but Jack does not appear in any of Johnny’s NFTs.
When he first launched Never Fear Truth earlier this year, Johnny said of his work in a statement: “I’ve always used art to communicate my feelings and to reflect on the ones that matter most to me, like mine Family, friends and people I admire.”
By purchasing one of Johnny’s NFTs, its supporters gain access to a private Discord group where fans can collaborate on creative projects. Donations are also made to Johnny’s select charities.
“It is a great privilege to be able to thank my fans and support the charities that have meant so much to my family. I hope we can form a new friendship group around these NFTs. My involvement in the NFT space is just beginning,” added Johnny.
Though Lily-Rose didn’t speak up in the most recent case, she defended Johnny when Amber’s allegations against him first came to light in 2016.
In a now-deleted Instagram post, she shared a souvenir photo of the actor helping her walk when she was a baby, writing in the caption, “My dad is the sweetest and most loving person I know, he was nothing as a wonderful father, I would say the same to my little brother and me and to everyone who knows him.”
Both Amber and Johnny mentioned the model at trial, with Amber claiming that Johnny would hide his drinking from his children during a trip to the Bahamas in 2013.
Amber claimed he physically abused her while they were on a yacht, and she went by helicopter with Lily-Rose shortly after.
Meanwhile, Johnny claimed Lily-Rose and Amber didn’t have a good relationship, which is why his daughter missed their 2015 wedding.