#JohnnyDeppIsASurvivor explodes online as Amber Heard’s latest news enrages the internet – Inside the Magic

It’s been a year since Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit, but that doesn’t mean all is said and done. No not at all.

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow fleeing a wave of people at sea
Credit: Disney

Last year, in a courtroom presided over by Judge Penney Azcarate, Johnny Depp and his legal team, including Camille Vasquez and Ben Chew, faced Amber Heard and his team of Elaine Bredehoft and Benjamin Rottenborn in a trial six weeks for defamation.

The $150 million lawsuit, launched by Depp’s initial $50 million and opposed by Heard’s $100 million, was the result of the latter’s infamous (and now heavily ignored) opinion essay that she published on The Washington Post in December 2018.

Amber Heard plays Mera in
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While never naming her ex-husband in the op-ed, Heard strongly implied that she was a victim of domestic abuse during their relationship. The couple met on the set of The Rum Diary (2011) and later married in 2015 after Depp’s relationship with French model and singer Vanessa Paradis ended. In May 2016, Heard filed for divorce and also placed a restraining order on the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, citing verbal and physical abuse during their time together.

Johnny Depp as a confused Jack Sparrow in the series
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Related: Johnny Depp stars in Amber Heards film despite domestic violence controversy

Both would continue to work, with Depp appearing as his most beloved character to date, Captain Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) and a year later in JK Rowling’s second film Harry Potter spin-off series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018). Heard to play Xebel Mera’s ocean princess in DC Studios’ $1 billion hit, Aquaman (2018), alongside Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry/Aquaman).

Amber Heard as Mera (left) watching Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry (right) in
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April 2018 saw the first of Depp’s large-scale cases with the libel trial in the High Court of Justice in London which ended in a loss for the actor.

Judge Andrew Nicol has found many of the domestic abuse allegations ‘essentially true’ after testimony was given in support of and against the claim British tabloid The sun and mainline News Group Newspapers LTD stated that Depp is a “wife beater”.

Depp subsequently lost his appeal request. The outcome of the libel case saw Depp removed from the Fantastic animals franchise, losing his role as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald to Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) and as her beloved Captain Jack Sparrow, a role he has played ever since Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 20 years ago.

Johnny Depp as Grindelwald
Credit: Warner Bros.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit has captivated viewers all over the world. With support from both camps, even as the #JusticeForJohnnyDepp crowd seemed increasingly loud, the trial in Fairfax County, Virginia lasted six weeks.

At the end of the court case, which featured testimony from both Depp and Heard, as well as other high-profile individuals like British model and Depp’s former partner Kate Moss, the jury largely sided with Depp. The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages (reduced to $350,000 under Virginia state law). Instead, they awarded Heard $2 million based on defamatory comments made by Depp’s then-lawyer Adam Waldman.

Johnny Depp greets fans
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That said, by December 2022, the couple reportedly reached a settlement, ending with Heard paying her ex-husband $1 million.

And that fee has just been paid, with Depp pledging the full amount to five charities. Make-A-Film Foundation, The Painted Turtle, Red Feather, the Marlon Brandos Tetiaroa Society charity, and the Amazonia Fund Alliance will all receive $200,000 from the settlement.

After more than a year, the defamation lawsuit has finally come to an end, but a new announcement has reignited controversy over both stars.

johnny depp lights up a cigarette backstage at the hollywood vampires show lisbon, portugal
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On June 24, 2023, Heard – who now lives in Spain – will make his first public appearance after his trial at Italy’s Taormina Film Festival. THE Aquaman the actress will be there to celebrate the release of her new film, In the fire(2023), by director Conor Allyn.

Heard’s return to promote a new film has caused a stir online, with #JohnnyDeppIsASurvivor attending many comments being made online. The latest news of Heard’s return to the public eye has created controversy from many diehard Depp fans who are questioning the decision of the film industry and, by extension, Hollywood to let Heard promote his new film despite being found guilty of defamation.

Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Mera (Amber Heard) in
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Kaaadee (@Kaaadee112) wrote:

Johnny Depp can’t compare to the abusive and lying woman who took advantage of sick children and lied about the donation..it’s disgusting..They care about form rather than fact
#JohnnyDepp won

Another tweet from John C. (@JohnChr42) said:

Do you know what will help you?

Knowing that Johnny Depp has become a public figure representing survivors of domestic abuse.
-It’s not a role he was looking for, but he still earned it.
Her comeback and success inspire all abuse survivors.

@Cesvrr3 commented:

Glad to see #AmberHeardIsALiar trending again, as long as she keeps doubling down on her lies and not apologizing, she will never get any respect. #AmberTurd #AmberHeardIsAnAbuser #JohnnyDeppIsASSurvivor

A tweet from Lily M. (@LilyMagick2022) captured images of Depp’s current tour with the Hollywood Vampires:

Amazing how Johnny Depp looks to have aged 10 years in the last year! He looks great! #HollywoodVampiresTour2023 #JohnnyDeppIsARockStar #JohnnyDeppIsASurvivor #JohnnyDeppIsALegend #JohnnyDeppRises #JohnnyDeppKeepsWinning

While Depp has arguably the largest and most vocal following, Amber Heard fans are also making noise, supporting the actress in her new cinematic venture with the hashtag #AmberIsWorthIt.

@winterfire1999 wrote:

On the red carpet with full makeup + hair styled up to 10 years later on the sidewalk fresh face + wet hair, Amber Heard always shines #AmberIsWorthIt

And @TSGoggles added:

This is exactly the kind of thing we work for!!! Survivors get to talk and go on with their lives, do what they want and love, and find success. Survivors are worth it, #AmberIsWorthIt and #InTheFire look so good! It’s time to @hiresurvivors and let the attackers go.

Related: Photo: Emilia Clarke replaces Amber Heard as Mera in Aquaman 2

In the fire will play at the Taormina Film Fest together with Depp’s comeback film, Joan of Barry (2023) by Mawenn. The film in which Depp plays the controversial monarch King Louis XV opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

What do you think of the opposing trends on Twitter a year after Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments below!

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