The Johnny Depp/Amber Heard saga continues with the actor taking his celebrations to social media. Just under a week since the jury awarded him $10.35 million in damages, the 58-year-old joined TikTok to thank his fans for their most treasured, loyal, and unwavering support. “We’ve been everywhere together, we have seen everything together. We have walked the same road together. We did the right thing together, all because you cared,” he wrote in the caption accompanying the video montage. “And now, we will all move forward together.”
The Edward Scissorhands star was suing his ex-wife for $50 million over a piece she wrote for The Washington Post, claiming to be a victim of domestic abuse. Amber Heard countersued for $100 million and was awarded $2 million. Not long after Depp’s post, which was also shared on Instagram, the Aquaman star released a statement slamming her ex-husband’s sentiments. “As Johnny Depp says he’s moving forward, women’s rights are moving backward,” a spokesperson for the actress said via Deadline. “The verdict’s message to victims of domestic violence is… be afraid to stand up and speak out.”
Amber Heard’s statement put the potential consequences of her high-profile loss in the starkest and bluntest terms. She currently has plans to appeal the ruling, with her legal team saying that Johnny Depp’s lawyers worked to demonize her and were able to suppress evidence. As previously reported, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft also said several things were allowed in court that shouldn’t have seen the light of day, and it caused the jury to be confused.
While Amber Heard struggles to deal with her legal loss, Johnny Depp is making good on his promise to move forward. He made his first public appearance during a concert in the United Kingdom. But he wasn’t an attendee. The actor joined Jeff Beck on stage for an eight-song set much to the delight of hundreds of fans. They were also spotted celebrating at a pub the night before the show. The pair, who previously collaborated on a cover of John Lennon’s song Isolation, will also be releasing an album together next month.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post has added an editor’s note to the digital version of the 2018 op-ed written by Amber Heard. The very matter-of-fact addition simply states the court’s ruling with a list of the statements within the piece that the jury found to be defamatory. During the trial, the actress explained her reason for participating in the op-ed saying she was looking forward to the opportunity to lend her voice to what she thought was a great cause.
She felt that it was important to add her story to the conversation around women’s issues and gendered issues that the entire country was having at that time. The actress also testified that said she was proud of the op-ed and even had the print version framed. Amber Heard continues to maintain that every word of it is true. Speaking to People, legal analyst Emily D. Baker said it’s a smart move for the publication to add a note instead of deleting the article. Because the case is so watched and commented on, she thinks the op-ed is still needed for context.