Jury members in Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard have ruled in favor of the actor’s claims.
After weeks of testimony from the couple, as well as outside witnesses, Depp, 58, won all three counts of his bombshell defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, 36, on Wednesday after a Virginia jury upheld claims that his ex-wife had defiled his reputation and damaged his career when she wrote in The Washington Post in 2018 about becoming a “public figure representing domestic violence” after the couple split in 2016.
In November 2020, a London judge sided with Depp in his defamation lawsuit against the Sun after the outlet published a 2018 story calling him a “wife beater”.
Depp later individually filed suit against Heard, with allegations of defamation stemming from her WaPo essay, which she co-authored with the ACLU. Heard subsequently countered Depp with similar claims – including the fact that Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, defamed her when he told the Daily Mail that she framed her ex-husband with false domestic violence claims when police entered her home in May 2016 came.
Heard was awarded $2 million in damages for Waldman’s comments. She was ordered to pay $15 million.
As the verdict was read on Wednesday, celebrities took to social media to express their thoughts on the outcome of the trial.
Who supports Johnny Depp:
Donald Trump Jr. wrote, “Believe all women … except Amber Heard. $15,000,000 in compensatory and punitive damages for Depp and perhaps a case that could put an end to the effective rabid feminist [sic] Notion that all people are guilty before proven innocent that we’ve seen lately. She’s just so awful!”
you then followed: “I really shouldn’t go into this, but several accounts I follow and respect (lawyers, journalists) don’t like this verdict, so it gives me a big pause. But I’m confused because we saw her involved in several lies on the witness stand. Honest question, what am I missing?”
Reality TV personality, singer and alleged former Trump Jr. love interest Aubrey O’Day tweeted, “There you go…when the dust settles, JD 15m (punitive damages will be capped), Amber 2m. Lesson learned… keep your ex’s name out of your mouth!”
Musician Ryan Adams commented on Depp’s statement on Instagram, contributing celebratory emojis of a red heart, praising hands and fire.
Ashley Benson also commented on the statement with several applauding hand and red heart emojis, and posted her own personal update on Instagram – featuring a recent picture of Depp captioned “YESSSS” alongside four black heart emojis.
Victoria Brynner, daughter of Yul, added Depp’s statement about Instagram heart emojis and shared her own post with a photo of Depp and the comment: “TRUTH!”
Former The View host Sharon Osbourne volunteered to comment on Piers Morgan’s TalkTV show and said: “Wow, that wasn’t what I was expecting. I mean, I wanted Johnny to win, but I didn’t expect it.”
Who supports Amber Heard:
Meanwhile, Amy Schumer shared a cryptic quote from Gloria Steinem on Instagram: “Any woman who chooses to act like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her like a dirty joke … She will need her sisterhood.”
Who does not support nor:
But many seem happy to see the end of the much-publicized trial.
“I need a timeline cleanup” tweeted “Bill & Ted” star Alex Winter minutes after the verdict was announced. He added later“As the internet goes, so does the world, and today it’s dripping with cheerful, misogynistic contempt.”