On June 1st, the aptly close followed defamation trial on social media and news outlets between ex-couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard came to a close in Depp’s favor. Quickly after the verdict was announced, many actresses, including Florence Pugh liked Depp’s Instagram posts about the verdict and his relief. “And f*ck Florence Pugh!” one Twitter user captioned a screenshot of the post that Pugh had liked.
im camping in the likes of that jd ig post and unfollowing anyone who likes it
— beck (@katesharmas) June 1, 2022
This quickly garnered lots of backlash on Twitter from users believing that Pugh’s perceived support of Depp was concerning. Throughout this trial, many other celebrities have shown outward support for the Pirates of The Caribbean actor. Penelope Cruz, Winona Ryder, Paul Bettany, Kevin McNally, Javier Bardem, Sia, Sharon Osbourne, Kate Moss, and Vanessa Paradis, just to name a few. Many others have either just liked or commented on Depp’s posts, displaying a show of support, and these include Ashley Benson, Ryan Adams, Arpita Kaur, Rita Ora, and Emma Roberts Depp, as soon as the verdict was announced, posted a personal note on his Instagram, claiming how he was very happy to “have his life back.”
and fuck florence pugh! pic.twitter.com/pAcjCHeNgI
— jisoo christ (@angeItit) June 1, 2022
“Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported and believed in me were forever changed. All in the blink of an eye. False, very serious, and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had already traveled around the world twice within a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career. And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled,” he writes.
Statement from Johnny Depp… pic.twitter.com/ZEXLT27ASj
— Eriq Gardner (@eriqgardner) June 1, 2022
“From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished what I am and have been, overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and the colossal support and kindness from around the world. I hope that my quest to have the truth be told will have helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those supporting them never give up. I also hope that the position will now return to innocent until proven guilty, both within the courts and in the media,” he concludes his note that quickly went viral and gained support online.
A long & tiring chapter for Depp and Heard has finally closed.