Like a hypocritical story worthy of any Hollywood psychodrama, the ex-husband’s brawl about slander between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard engulfed the nation and forced the public and celebrities to line up to choose a side.
In one corner is Johnny Depp; Hollywood heartthrob, in public life for more than three decades, number one on List A for a while and creator of his favorite character Captain Jack Sparrow.
And in another corner his lesser known, lesser known, less beloved ex-wife Amber Heard, with little source of public sympathy.
While Depp brought his branded charisma to the courtroom and received the support of dozens of celebrities he had worked with and befriended throughout his life in show business, Hurd found it harder to enlist support.
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Amber Heard, 36, claims to have opposed Johnny Depp for allegedly organizing a “defamation campaign” against her and describes his lawsuit as a continuation of the “abuses and harassment” she suffered from him during their marriage.
Katie Griffin (left) spoke in support of Hurd at the start of the trial, and David Krumholtz (right) called her “brilliant” and “strong”
Ellen Barkin (right), who briefly met Depp (left) in the 1990s when they were filming “Fear and Loathing” in Las Vegas, said in a testimony recorded in 2019 that Depp was “jealous” and “controlled” »
Actress Julia Fox defended Hurd, saying she did not abuse Depp because he was more powerful than her and “physically and financially”
Comedian Katie Griffin backed Hurd after the actress wrote that she would give up social media during the trial.
She commented on Hurd’s ad: “Oh, Doll. I think of you and send all my love. “
Veteran show Stern, who was never afraid to express his opinion, spoke out against Depp on his SiriusXM show in late April.
“He thought, ‘I’m going to show this on TV because I’m so convincing, I’m so smart, and I’m such a wonderful guy … I’m going to charm America’s pants in court,'” Stern said.
“No, you won’t. It will not go well. You don’t get along, she doesn’t get along. This is not going well for anyone. You say two children are fighting. It turns out very badly. ”
Hollywood luminary Barkin briefly met with Depp in the early 1990s and testified during a lawsuit against Depp.
The jury heard that the actor Edward Scissorhands was a “jealous, controlling man” who once threw a bottle of wine through a hotel room.
‘Where are you going? Who are you going with? What were you doing last night? she claimed he would ask her constantly.
Depp replied that she had offended him since he rejected her three decades ago.
Fox, nominated for a Breakthrough Actor Award at the 2019 Gotham Awards after her debut role in Uncut Gems, defended Hurd on Instagram.
“It’s clearly a sick way of still controlling your life, suing her around the world.”
“Did she hit him?” Yes. Was it an abuse? No. You have to have power to be able to abuse it. She was 25. Obviously, he was always much more powerful, including physically and financially. ”
TV actor Krumholtz attacked Depp for drug and alcohol use, saying it turns men into “monsters”. In a series of posts on Instagram, he attached Depp and, although he said she was not innocent, he finished, “I believe, Amber Heard.”
The lawsuit began when Depp sued Hurd for defamation, demanding $ 50 million in damages from his ex-wife after she wrote an article in the “Washing Post” in which she claims to have called herself a public figure representing domestic violence ”.
Depp’s lawyers say the article was defamatory, even if it never mentioned his name, as he falsely portrayed him as a domestic rapist and cost him a lucrative film career, including the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Civil lawyer Catherine Lizard said Depp had a “very unique personality”, looked real and often smiled, which potentially made him attractive to the jury.
This helped him win the battle for public opinion, with a petition of nearly 4/3 million signatures demanding a waiver of her role in Aquaman 2.
The list of actors in “Depot Teams” is long and famous, with names such as Winona Ryder, with whom he starred in the 1990s Edward Scissorhands, Javier Bardem, who formed a formidable group of first-graders with Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean” 2017 . : Salazar’s Revenge and Chris Rock, who joked on stage that we should “believe all women, just not Amber Heard.”
French actress Eva Green, 41, said: “I have no doubt that Johnny will appear with his good name and beautiful heart that will open up to the world and life will be better than it has ever been for him and his family.” .
Courtney Love posted a video on Instagram in which she told how Depp once saved her life by doing CPR when she overdosed at the club