People have heard enough about Julia Fox.
The actress and model sparked controversy in an Instagram comment earlier this week, in which she wrote that Amber Heard “never had the power” to abuse Johnny Depp.
“Wrong. She never had the power to abuse him in the relationship,” Fox, 33, commented on Instagram amid Heard and Depp’s ongoing defamation trial in Fairfax, Virginia.
“Did she hit him? Yes. Was it abuse? no You have to have power in order to abuse it. She was 25. He’s clearly always been a lot more powerful, physically and financially.”
While it’s unclear where Fox made the comment on Instagram, screenshots of the comment have been widely shared on social media. Perez Hilton reposted her alleged comments while captioning a tweet, “We Love Julia Fox.” deserved Almost 25,000 likes and over 2,000 retweets.
The Post has reached out to Fox for comment.
Critics quickly countered her, namely singer-songwriter Aubrey O’Daywho called it a “trash take”.
“Lots of broke, short, skinny, not famous people have abused their partner,” she tweeted in response. “Abuse is simply cruel and violent treatment of a person. Power is not a necessary factor. less powerful people abuse their more powerful partners all the time out of jealousy.”
“This is a really really horrible recording. abuse is abuse” another user tweeted. “Stop justifying it when it fits a narrative. This whole case has shown how quickly people are willing to move goalposts when it suits them and it’s actually gross.”
“Their use of ‘physical strength’ as evidence that Johnny may not have been abused is a common stigma in abuse cases, but especially so when it comes to male victims.” wrote another.
But not everyone was against Fox’s opinion. Podcast host Michael Hobbes noted that while Heard was “abusive,” there is “more and stronger” evidence against Depp.
“There’s definitely evidence that Heard was abusive, but there’s (more and stronger) evidence that Depp was abusive,” he said. “And yet the internet is in the midst of a month-long frenzy calling her a sociopath and him an innocent victim.”
Journalist Taylor Lorenz even chimed in, responding to Hobbes and saying, “Julia Fox put it well.”
“Abuse is about power, and she didn’t have the power. I don’t think many people don’t understand what abusive relationships actually look like. Julia Fox put it well, to be honest.” The Washington Post author tweeted.
Fox is no stranger to the controversial spotlight, having sprung to pop culture relevance after dating rapper Kanye West following his divorce. Her voice has since gone viral on TikTok and she was spotted in skimpy lingerie this week while running errands.
Depp is suing Heard for defamation for $50 million over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed written by Heard. While the play didn’t explicitly name Depp, she did refer to herself as a “public figure who depicts domestic violence,” in reference to Depp allegedly abusing her. According to the lawsuit, Depp claims the allegations cost him millions of dollars in work and damaged his reputation. Heard is also suing Depp for $100 million.