Amber Heard criticizes Johnny Depp for joining TikTok

Within hours of joining TikTok under the bio “Occasional Thespian” and posting his first video, Johnny Depp amassed more than 4 million followers and one million likes on the social media platform.

The actor’s TikTok debut comes less than a week after a Fairfax jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages and Heard $2 million in damages. (Judge Penney Azcarate reduced Depp’s total to approximately $10.4 million, under Virginia’s statutory ceiling.)

“To all of my most valued, loyal and unwavering supporters. We’ve been everywhere together, we’ve seen everything together. We walked the same path together. We did the right thing together, all because you cared,” Depp commented on his first TikTok post.

“Now we will all move forward together. They are, as always, my employers and once again I’m limited to not saying thank you in any way other than simply saying thank you. So thank you. My love & respect, JD.”

Along with the love letter to his loyal fans, Depp shared a montage of himself waving to his followers outside the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse and performing onstage with English rock guitarist Jeff Beck. (Shortly after a verdict was reached in Depp’s defamation trial, Beck announced he would be releasing an album featuring the actor in July.)

In response to Depp’s TikTok winning streak, a Heard spokeswoman reiterated her position that “the verdict’s message to victims of domestic violence … is afraid to stand up and speak up.”

“While Johnny Depp says he’s moving ‘forward,’ women’s rights are moving backward,” a Heard representative said in a statement.

It’s fitting that Depp creates a TikTok account, considering his many supporters used TikTok and other social media platforms to support him and disparage Heard throughout their defamation trial.

The tumultuous trial, which lasted six weeks, depended primarily on a 2018 op-ed by Heard for The Washington Post identifying Heard as “a public figure who represents domestic violence.” Though the comment never mentioned Depp by name, the entertainer claimed Heard defamed him by writing it.

The lawsuit was further complicated by Heard’s counterclaim against Depp, alleging defamatory remarks made by his former attorney, who dismissed her domestic violence allegations as a “hoax.”

During the trial, which was broadcast live on CourtTV and elsewhere, the pro-depp crowd flooded TikTok and other social media sites with hashtags like #JusticeforJohnnyDepp. (Pro-Heard hashtags like #JusticeforAmberHeard have also been trending, albeit to a lesser extent.)

At one point, a viral TikTok trend even saw people mocking and mocking Heard’s statement about Depp allegedly hitting her.

“[Heard] has been demonized here,” Heard attorney Elaine Bredehoft said on NBC’s Today program last week.

“[The jury] went home every night. They have families. The families are on social media. We had a 10 day break in the middle because of the Judicial Conference. There’s no way they weren’t affected by it, and it was awful. It was really, really wrong.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-06-07/johnny-depp-tiktok-account-amber-heard-trial Amber Heard criticizes Johnny Depp for joining TikTok

Sarah Ridley

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