The multi-million dollar libel lawsuit between celebrity exes Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is currently underway. Johnny sued Amber for $50 million, claiming she implied he abused her during their marriage, which caused her to lose her job and social status. Amber counter-sued her ex-husband for $100 million. At the trial, underway in Virginia, Amber testified this week and multiple sources on social media claimed that several parts of it were “copied” from films. We check if this is indeed the case. Read also : Johnny Depp laughs after Amber Heard testifies that she “allowed him to take his own boots off”. Watch
On Friday, May 6, Amber took the stand to give evidence at trial, detailing the alleged abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of her ex-husband Johnny. Several critics alleged that Amber was “playing for the jury” and pretending. Amid these allegations, a few social media users claimed that part of Amber’s testimony where she talked about Johnny Depp was “copied verbatim” from the movie The Talented Mr Ripley.
Several tweets claimed to share part of Amber’s testimony. The text was indeed similar to a line from the 1999 film, which starred Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. One account shared the comparison and wrote, “Check this out. Amber Heard on the stand yesterday and what she said in relation to The Talented Mr Ripley’s lines. Holy smokes it’s CRAZY.
In the movie, Marge (Gwyneth) talks about Dickie (Jude) with Ripley (Matt) and says, “The thing with Dicke…it’s like the sun is shining on you, and it’s beautiful. And then he forgets you and it’s very, very cold. When you have his attention, you feel like the only person in the world, which is why everyone loves him so much. Social media users claimed Amber used the same monologue in her testimony, replacing Dickie with Johnny.
Hindustan Times was able to perform a fact check of Amber’s testimony based on the live-streamed version available in the public domain to ensure that the actor did not actually steal lines or quote The Talented Mr. Ripley. In fact, the aforementioned lines do not appear anywhere in his testimony. In some parts of his testimony, his language and tone are similar to the line mentioned. A particular statement in the testimony is in which Amber claims, “When I was with Johnny, I felt like the most beautiful person in the world – so he disappeared.” This is similar to the line from the movie but is not a ‘verbatim copy’ as claimed.
International fact-checking website Snopes and news magazine Newsweek also carried out their independent fact-checking analysis of the testimony and came to the same conclusion. “The rumor that Amber Heard quoted The Talented Mr. Ripley movie in her testimony is false, those lines were not uttered during her testimony,” Newsweek concluded.
Snopes analyzed other memes doing the rounds, which claimed the statement was made in Amber’s opening arguments. He found, “The meme says the quote is from Heard’s ‘opening statement’. It’s an odd claim, however, since it was Heard’s attorney, not Heard herself, who made an opening statement on her behalf. Additionally, he said that no video evidence of the actor saying that line has been presented.
The ongoing lawsuit is based on a 2018 newspaper article published by Amber for the Washington Post. In it, Amber had spoken about being a survivor of domestic violence but did not name Johnny. Johnny claimed the involvement hurt his career. For the next few years, a Pirates of the Caribbean film project, where the actor was to reprise his iconic role as Jack Sparrow, was put on hold. He was also replaced in the Fantastic Beasts film series by Mads Mikkelsen.
Johnny and Amber met while filming The Rum Diary. They married in 2015 but divorced less than two years later. Amber claimed to have suffered physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her ex-husband. In response, Johnny denied all these accusations adding that it was Amber who abused him.
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