The ongoing court battle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard continues to progress, and as it does fans continue to take to social media to have their say on the matter. After a recent court ruling favored Heard, Johnny Depp’s fans were not happy, to say the least. And that got Heard trending on social media.
The recent Tweets are in response to a judge ruling that Amber Heard would be able to use something called the anti-SLAPP statute as part of her case. This statute could cause issues for Johnny Depp’s case, explaining why fans are taking to social media to fight for the actor. The anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) statute limits the amount of litigation someone can face if they’re found to be within their first amendment rights. Essentially, it protects someone from certain levels of legal action if they speak out in a public medium. This ruling hurts Depp’s case because the entire case was filed in response to an op-ed piece that Heard wrote for the Washington Post.
You can see some of the reactions to Amber Heard that had the actress trending on Twitter. Johnny Depp fans definitely came out in force on this one.
Another user brings up the audiotapes that Johnny Depp submitted when he sued The Sun for libel when they referred to him as a “wife-beater” and how a friend of Amber Heard will no longer be testifying for her. You can see that Tweet below:
Another user would go on to post a series of clips from the Amber Heard audio in a Twitter thread. You can see that Tweet below:
Johnny Depp is suing Amber Heard for defamation regarding the op-ed piece, which was posted in 2018. The article was about domestic violence and abuse and, although never specifically named, Depp alleges that he was the subject and that he was being named the abuser in their relationship. Depp’s team is suing Heard for $100 million in response to the piece. Amber Heard filed a countersuit of her own as well. With the anti-SLAPP statute in place, Depp might have a tough legal road ahead of him. Since he was listed by name in the article, it might be harder to push a defamation claim through, but that remains to be decided by the courts.
As of now, Depp seems to have borne the brunt of these cases. In addition to losing his libel case against The Sun, he also lost jobs on two of his biggest franchises – Pirates of the Caribbean and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In the Fantastic Beasts franchise, he’ll be directly replaced by Mads Mikkelson. Depp’s next big project will be a movie where he plays Louis XV. As for Amber Heard, the ramifications of these cases have been less severe professionally, as she will still be starring in the Aquaman sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The trial is set to take place in April and will have testimonies from Elon Musk, James Franco, Paul Bettany, Jason Mamoa, and more.