Now that a verdict has been reached in Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard, some celebrities are coming out to show their support for Heard.
The six-week trial gripped the world as it was broadcast live whenever the court was in session.
Depp sued his ex-wife Heard for $50 million over three lines in a 2018 op-ed published in the Washington Post which she co-authored with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Heard sued for $100 million for statements Depp and his camp made about him.
The jury found Heard guilty of defamation on all counts and ordered him to pay Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
The jury also found Depp guilty of a defamation charge stemming from an April 8, 2020 article by his associate, Adam Waldman. They ordered Depp to pay Heard $2 million in compensatory damages.
Some big names have strongly supported Depp from the start, with Paul McCartney projecting images of former captain Jack Sparrow on screen at his concerts and ex-girlfriend Kate Moss speaking out in support in a moment mega-viral.
Even the Republican House Judiciary Committee has shown its support.
Support for Heard was a little more subdued.
His Aquaman Costar Jason Momoa carefully chose to like post-trial statements on Heard and Depp’s Instagram accounts, sending a message that while he’s friends with Heard, he doesn’t choose sides.
Even her most famous friends, like Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne, haven’t made their feelings known about the lawsuit.
Elon Musk tweets in support of Depp and Heard
But since public opinion made it clear that Heard’s reputation was crumbling amid the trial, sympathy for the actress has grown.
Elon Musk, Heard’s ex-boyfriend, left the charge, tweeting after closing arguments last week, “Hope they both move on. At best they’re all amazing. “
Who liked Amber Heard’s post-verdict statement?
While most celebrities remain silent on the highly controversial lawsuit, some are sneakily hinting at their allegiance via Instagram likes.
game of thrones Actress Lena Headey liked Heard’s statement about the verdict on Instagram. Selma Blair also liked Heard’s post, as well as The good fight actress Sarah Steele; singer Kate Nash and Melanie Lynskey of yellow jackets.
Fast and Furious actress Nathalie Emmanuel liked the tweets in support of Heard.
Depp, for his part, got likes from Patti Smith, Bella Hadid, Naomi Campbell, Taika Waititi, Molly Shannon, Paris Hilton and more regarding his post-trial statement.
Mia Farrow headline tweets calling verdict ‘chilling’
Actress Mia Farrow fought her own successful child custody court battle with Woody Allen, who married Farrow’s adopted daughter after dating Farrow for years.
Farrow posted a New Yorker story by Jessica Winter titled “The Depp-Heard verdict is chilling”.
She quoted Winter that victims of domestic violence watching the outcome of the trial may feel “incredulous, ashamed and ostracized.”
Edward Norton likes to post about men
Actor Edward Norton liked a tweet from film critic AO Scott saying, “Men need to be honest about what happened here.”
The tweet is linked to a New York Times editorial titled “The Real Wickedness of Johnny Depp’s Trial”.
Amy Schumer seems to support Heard, Backtracks
Amy Schumer, meanwhile, appeared to support Heard, then backtracked. She posted a screenshot of a quote from feminist icon Gloria Steinem on June 2: “Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being must be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her like a dirty joke… She will need her brotherhood.”
The post quickly caught the attention of the media, with commentators and critics assuming she intended it to support Heard.
But she has since deleted the post.
On June 3, she replaced it with a screenshot from the Notes app that read, “For your information, I haven’t watched a second of this lawsuit. Can we maybe work on ending this? armed violence?
TV personality Padma Lakshmi seemed to agree, commenting on “Word.” Actress Naomi Watts posted a series of raised hands and heart emojis while Julianne Moore also commented with three hearts.
But not everyone agreed. “I hate this logic,” wrote commentator @rusticmustic, “it implies that we can only focus on one thing. It also implies that watching any of your content is also a waste of time because we could focus on other things.”
Courtney Love sympathizes with Heard
Ahead of the verdict, Courtney Love expressed her support for Depp but said she felt for Heard.
“I’ve been the most hated woman in America. I’ve been the most hated woman in the world, before TikTok, and that’s really a lot of empathy for how that must feel for Amber. Can you imagine what that feels like? Jesus,” Love said, before adding that she thought Heard had “abused[d]“the #MeToo movement.
Julia Fox pilloried for ‘Trash Take’
Actress Julia Fox has been slammed online for suggesting in May that Heard was incapable of truly abusing Depp due to his physical and financial power compared to hers.
Singer Aubrey O’Day called Fox’s opinion “trash”, but Fox didn’t back down.
Ireland Baldwin returns slamming Heard
Ireland Baldwin, model and daughter of Alec Baldwin, called Heard “a disaster of a human being” at the start of the trial, citing her distaste for women who abuse men.
Later, she returned to these comments.
“I regret interjecting about all of this because the reality is that it’s all very sad,” she said in an Instagram Q&A. “And I feel bad in different ways for both of them. I was trying to [be] clear that men can be deceived too and anyone who thinks differently is an idiot.”
David Krumholtz offers full bra
Actor David Krumholtz, who worked with Heard on the 2011 series The Playboy Clubhad strong words for Depp.
“Drugs and alcohol turn men into monsters. I believe Amber Heard,” he wrote on Instagram. “She’s not innocent. But she IS a victim. Johnny Depp’s smugness during the trial is sickening.”
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