Johnny Depp, Amber Heard: Heard fans denounce ‘sexist and racist’ jury decision and claim result is dangerous for women

Supporters of Amber Heard have said they blame sexism for her loss in a libel case against Johnny Depp.

Supporters of Amber Heard have taken to social media to blame sexism for her loss in a libel case against Johnny Depp.

The case, which has steadily dominated the news for weeks, ended on Thursday (AEST) when the jury found in Mr. Depp’s favor.

Heard was ordered to pay Depp US$10 million (AU$14 million) in defamation damages and US$5 million (AU$7 million) in punitive damages after a jury found she “acted with malice” .

The jury agreed with one aspect of Heard’s claim – that she was defamed by Depp’s lawyer – and awarded her $2 million (AU$2.78 million) in damages and $0 in punitive damages.

While the decision was somewhat predictable given the evidence, including the testimony of Kate Moss before the court, several commentators and activists remained adamant that the result was a loss for women around the world.

Others hinted that Depp’s victory was purely due to the fact that the jury was fans of his career.

“This jury is a racist, sexist fan group and nothing more,” wrote one person. “I have no hope for women—never.”

The jury consisted of white, black and Asian people. Amber Heard is white.

“My heart goes out to Amber. To hell with this sexist jury and to hell with this sexist country!” another preached.

Gretchen Summs, a woman who said she was a sexual assault survivor, posted a message of support for Heard.

“I support you and believe you, Amber,” she said. “You were so brave, strong and eloquent when you shared your experience. It wasn’t justice. Sending you love and strength.”

Comedian Amy Schumer posted on her Instagram page a quote from Gloria Steinem in support of Heard.

“Any woman who decides to act like a complete person should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her like something of a dirty joke. . . She will need her sisterhood,” wrote Schumer.

An article titled “Amber Heard’s verdict sends a message to black women around the worldpublished by The Root also claimed that the jury was biased.

“Whether you believe her or not, the way the world treated Heard was downright cruel and inappropriate. Not only were her bruises put under a microscope by forensic experts during her trial, social media has joined in the skepticism,” wrote blogger Candace McDuffie.

“Heard has been turned into everything from memes to murals poking fun at the legality of her abuse. Some even believed Depp when he said she was the aggressor in the relationship. If all Heard’s privileges cannot protect her from such brutality, black women, as always, remain even more vulnerable.”

Shortly after the verdict was announced, Hurd released a statement saying she was “heartbroken.”

“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence is still not enough to counter the disproportionate power, influence and influence of my ex-husband,” she said.

“I am even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. This is a failure. It brings back the time when a woman who spoke and spoke could be publicly shamed and humiliated.

“It casts aside the notion that violence against women should be taken seriously. I believe that Johnny’s lawyers succeeded in making the jury overlook the key issue of free speech and ignore evidence that was so compelling that we won in the UK. I’m sorry I lost this case. But what makes me even sadder is that I seem to have lost the right I thought I had as an American to speak freely and openly.”

Depp also released a statement following his court win.

“Six years ago, my life changed forever, the lives of my children, the lives of the people closest to me, as well as the lives of people who supported and believed in me for many, many years. All in the blink of an eye,” he said.

“False, very serious and criminal charges were made against me through the media, which caused an endless flurry of hate content, although no charges were ever brought against me.

“He has already circumnavigated the world twice in a nanosecond and has had a seismic impact on my life and my career.

“And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I’m really humble.”

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