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Johnny Depp lawsuit against Amber Heard: Hollywood stars support Depp, ignore Heard

Celebrities welcome Johnny Depp with open arms, but actress Amber Heard wasn’t so lucky. Photo/Getty Images

A number of Hollywood stars threw their support behind Johnny Depp following Thursday’s libel trial verdict, flocking to “like” his Instagram statement posted to mark the end of an explosive six weeks in court.

Stars including Jennifer Aniston, Paris Hilton, Rita Ora, Taika Waititi, Emma Roberts and Molly Shannon nodded to Depp’s celebratory post, according to Buzzfeed News. Just like Ian Somerhalder, Zoe Saldana, Jason Momoa, Kelly Osbourne, Vanessa Hudgens, Gemma Chan, Henry Golding, Halle Berry, Naomi Campbell, Liv Tyler and Juliette Lewis.

Musician and activist Cat Power also lent her support via a ‘like’, alongside legendary singer-songwriter Patti Smith and Euphoria musician/actor Dominic Fike – who courted controversy last week for noticing on stage that he had fantasized about Heard “beating him up”.

Meanwhile, support for Amber Heard – whose loss in court has been at the center of heated discussions about what the verdict means for future victims of domestic violence – is almost non-existent.

Rita Ora and Taika Waititi
Rita Ora and Taika Waititi “liked” Depp’s statement. Vanessa Hudgens also seemed to be part of the Depp team. Photo/Getty Images

Buzzfeed compiled a list of people it considered celebrities who liked Depp’s post or Heard’s post. Their tally was 79 to four in favor of Captain Jack Sparrow.

The highly publicized televised court battle, which took over social media in full, ended Thursday when a seven-person jury found that Depp and Heard defamed each other, but leaned heavily towards Depp.

It came at the end of a bitter lawsuit involving domestic violence allegations and counterclaims.

Depp was ultimately awarded US$10.35 million (NZ$15 million) in damages, unlike the US$2 million (NZ$3.1) awarded to Heard.

Heard said she was "disappointed beyond words" by judgment.  Photo/Getty Images
Heard said she was “disappointed beyond words” with the verdict. Photo/Getty Images

Amy Schumer led the few celebrities who expressed sympathy for Heard, sharing a quote from feminist journalist and activist Gloria Steinem on Instagram that suggested she had been treated as a “dirty joke”.

“Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that armies of the status quo will treat her like a dirty joke,” reads the quote, which Schumer added in her caption. “She will need her brotherhood.”

Meanwhile, Jason Momoa “liked” Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s Instagram statements.

Momoa and Schumer are the two most prominent stars in Heard’s side.

Hundreds of other stars who have spoken out in similar cases have remained silent.

Amy Schumer posted a quote from Gloria Steinem on Thursday.  Jason Momoa "like" statements from both parties.  Photo/Getty Images
Amy Schumer posted a quote from Gloria Steinem on Thursday. Jason Momoa “liked” the statements from both sides. Photo/Getty Images

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, sexual assault survivor and activist Alison Turkos pointed to the noticeable absence of conversation, which raged on TikTok and Instagram throughout the trial, particularly among younger media users. social.

“Every single person who’s worn a Time’s Up pin on the Golden Globes red carpet, my question is, where are you and why aren’t you supporting Amber Heard?” Turkos said.

“Why aren’t you willing to risk your power or privilege? It’s very easy for your stylist to pin your outfit and for you to walk the red carpet. Now is the time for you to show up for the survivors.”

The reference is to industry activist group Time’s Up, which mobilized in response to the prominent #MeToo cases against Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby. In 2018, the campaign designed a pin to wear as a political prop at the Golden Globes. It was posted to protest sexual harassment against women in the film and television industry. Many also wore black robes to take a stand.

Hugh Jackman was one of many stars who wore black and a "Time is up" pin for taking a stand at the 2018 Golden Globes. Photo/Getty Images
Hugh Jackman was one of many stars who wore black and a “Time’s Up” pin to take a stand at the 2018 Golden Globes. Photo/Getty Images

While the Depp-Heard trial also involved allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault, there was no such movement and activists remained silent for the first weeks of the trial.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that #MeToo founder Tarana Burke broke her silence with a statement on Instagram, calling the movement’s use in media coverage of the trial “one of the biggest vilifications of the movement we have. never seen”.

In the caption, Burke explained that she’s been “harassed non-stop” by people urging the organization to “pick a side” in the case.

A statement posted on the organization’s website later clarified that Depp-Heard’s libel suit was “not about grassroots sexual violence.”

An entertainment industry body, Women in Film, has spoken out on the lawsuit.

He tweeted yesterday: “We are deeply concerned about the Depp-Heard decision which will set a precedent that will exacerbate the barriers victims face in coming forward.

“The trial and its reception demonstrated a regressive pattern of retaliation against those who speak out against violence or abuses perpetrated by those in power.”

Sharing the phone number for his helpline and resources for people of any gender who have experienced sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, he concluded, “We’re here for you.”

Depp: “I got my life back”

Johnny Depp released a statement shortly after his victory celebrating the demolition of the “false allegations” against him.

“Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the life of my loved ones, and also the lives of the people who, for many, many years, have supported me and believed in me, changed forever.

“All in the blink of an eye. False, very serious and criminal allegations were leveled at me via the media, which sparked an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought. against me. He had already circled the world twice in a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and career. And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I’m really touched.” , did he declare.

“From the beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to tell the truth, whatever the outcome. Telling the truth was something I owed to my children and everyone who remained steadfast in their support of me. . I feel at peace knowing that I’ve finally accomplished this.”

Amber Heard: ‘Disappointed beyond words’

It was a very different statement from Heard who said she was “disappointed”.

“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence has still not been sufficient to withstand the disproportionate power, influence and grip of my ex husband.

Actress Amber Heard, right, and her sister Whitney Heard, second from left, leave the Fairfax County Courthouse on June 1, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia.  Photo/Getty Images
Actress Amber Heard, right, and her sister Whitney Heard, second from left, leave the Fairfax County Courthouse on June 1, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. Photo/Getty Images

“I’m even more disappointed in what this verdict means for other women. It’s a setback. It sets the clock back to a time when a woman who spoke out and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets the clock back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously,” she continued.