Her little black dress causes a sensation.
Eagle-eyed devotees of the ongoing Amber Heard and Johnny Depp saga spotted a striking resemblance between Heard’s legal outfits.
She seems to have worn the same black “mourning dress” on the day she filed a restraining order against her 58-year-old ex in 2016, as well as in 2020 when she went to court against him in the UK – and again on Wednesday when the verdict in the defamation trial was delivered.
The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Virginia law states that punitive damages must be capped at $350,000, meaning Depp will actually receive a maximum total of $10.35 million. Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages and no punitive damages.
Heard wore an all-black ensemble that day, but the dress looked eerily familiar.
Back in March 2021, Heard posted snaps in the same dress – one in 2016 during her divorce and another in 2020 as she left a UK courthouse – to Instagram with the caption, “One dress, four years apart. Sometimes it’s important to wear the same thing twice.”
Naturally, when Twitter users spotted the infamous dress once again, they delved into Heard’s fashion choices.
“Sometimes it’s important to wear the same dress three times. The day you ruined his life, the day you agreed to lie in court, the day you lost. nudged a Twitter user.
“This manipulative showpony intended to use the verdict as a PR stunt when she put on her Amish dress; for the 3rd time All PR in this world can no longer repair their reputation. We’ve all heard the tapes, they’re the real Amber Heard.” one interfered.
“Not @realamberheard trying to do something wearing the same ugly funeral dress? Ma’am, just burn it.” sneered yet another Twitter critic.
“LOVE that Amber Heard wore the same black dress she wore for the injunction, the UK trial and now the US where she lost badly. I’m sure she was trying to achieve some sort of “poetic justice” moment summed up by a dress. But she lost and it was a total flop haha.” tweeted one fashion social media expert.
Despite her loss to her ex-spouse, Heard is expected to appeal the amount she owes.
“No one will write any checks until the case is finally resolved — whether it’s an appeal or requests for a new trial, but there will be more litigation before we know who gets paid what,” Halim Dhanidina, a former California resident Judge and current criminal defense attorney, The Post previously said.
Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, also told Today that “she has excellent grounds” to appeal. On the show, she blamed “suppressed evidence” for Heard’s loss.
“They were able to suppress the medical records, which were very, very significant because they showed a pattern that goes back to 2012, for example, when Amber reported this to her therapist,” she said. “We had a fair amount of text, including from Mr. Depp’s assistants, saying, ‘When I told him he kicked you, he cried, he’s so sorry.’ That didn’t come in.”
In 2020, Depp sued the Sun for calling him a “wife beater” in a 2018 article, but the judge ruled in favor of the tabloid in November 2020, saying Heard’s allegations were “essentially true.” But this time it was a different story.
Heard was found liable in three counts of defamation, while Depp was found liable in only one.
“This is a setback for women in and out of the courtroom,” Bredehoft told CBS Mornings. “What that jury said is if you don’t record it, it didn’t happen.”
While Heard was not on the air Thursday morning, she issued a statement of disappointment Wednesday night after the sentencing.
“The disappointment I feel today is indescribable,” Heard wrote. “I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was still insufficient to withstand my ex-husband’s disproportionate power, influence and influence.”
She claimed shows were “publicly shamed” and “humiliated,” arguing she’s lost her right to “free speech.”
On “CBS Mornings,” New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporting got Harvey Weinstein arrested, chimed in on the #MeToo conversation, which references Heard.
“The way Amber Heard was attacked was very familiar in a way,” Kantor said. “There was a lot of misogyny that we’ve seen before. There was a kind of weaponizing reputation war on the internet. There was almost this hate machine built against them.”
She said it was a “frightening prospect” for women who want justice for their abusers and now fear they will face a defamation lawsuit in return.
Even after the verdict was announced, Heard is apparently still confronted with backlash from the trial in the form of social media trolls.
“I had never seen it at this level and aimed at a woman with this intensity,” Kantor said.