Hollywood weighs in on the shocking results of the Johnny Depp libel trial, with Amy Schumer leading Amber Heard’s defense.
The decision was announced during a high-profile lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, with everyone from celebrities to the two actors’ own lawyers joining in with their two cents.
Comedian Amy Schumer appeared to be firmly on the Heard team, posting on Instagram saying she was being treated like a “dirty joke”.
Quoting prominent U.S. feminist Gloria Steinem, she wrote: “Any woman who decides to act like a complete human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her like something of a dirty joke… She will need her sisterhood.
Speaking about Piers Morgan’s show on the British reality show Talk TV, reality TV star Sharon Osbourne said she was rooting for Depp.
“Wow, this was not what I expected. I mean, I wanted Johnny to win, but I didn’t expect him to.”
Pretty Little Liars actress Ashley Benson also sided with Depp, posting on Instagram that said, “Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…
Earlier in court, other celebrities were open about who they supported.
Casino Royale Actress Eva Green said last month that she has “no doubt Johnny will appear with his good name and wonderful heart open to the world.“.
Also on Depp’s side were comedian Chris Rock and shock jock Joe Rogan.
Kammiel Vasquez attack at trial
Johnny Depp’s star lawyer Camille Vasquez said the actor’s win “reaffirms what we’ve been saying from the start” that it was Depp who offended, not Heard.
Ms. Vasquez spoke seconds after Depp won a libel case against Heard in 2018. Washington Post an article written in her name about domestic violence.
Even though Depp’s name is not mentioned in the article, the jury of seven men and women decided the conclusion was clear that she meant him as a rapist – claims she could not substantiate.
Depp was awarded $10.35 million (A$14.4 million) in cumulative damages against Heard. The award was effectively reduced to $8.35m (AU$11.6m) because Heard won $2m (AU$2.78m) in damages against Depp after she managed to convince the jury that , what Pirate of the Caribbean the star’s former lawyer, Adam Waldman, slandered her at his direction.
“Today’s verdict confirms what we’ve been saying since the beginning – the claims against Johnny Depp are defamatory and unsupported by any evidence,” Ms. Vasquez said.
“We are grateful, so grateful to the jury for their thorough discussion,” she said.
Hurd’s legal team left the court without a word.
In a strange tweet, a senior US government body appeared to be applauding Depp’s victory.
The House Judiciary Committee, which includes Democrats and Republicans, released a photo of Captain Jack Sparrow, Depp’s character in Pirates series, floating apparently to victory.
Depp: “I got my life back”
Johnny Depp released a statement immediately after the win celebrating the collapse of the “false accusations” against him.
“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. 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 filed against me. It 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, a jury gave me back my life. I’m really humiliated,” he said.
“From the very beginning, the goal of this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. To tell the truth was something I owed to my children and to all those who remained steadfast in their support for me. I feel at peace knowing that I have finally achieved it.”
Amber Heard: “Unspeakably disappointed”
It was a very different statement from Heard, who said she was “disappointed”.
“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. It breaks my heart that the mountain of evidence is still not enough to counter the disproportionate power, influence and influence of my ex-husband.
“I am even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. This is a failure. He throws back the time when a woman who spoke out and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. that violence against women should be taken seriously,” she continued.
Heard did not say whether she would appeal the verdict.