Documentary examines TikTok’s impact on Depp-Heard trial

Experts will take a close look at TikTok and its role in one of the most high-profile lawsuits of the year.

NBC News on Wednesday announced A Marriage on Trial: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and Truth in the Age of Social Media, a new documentary that will explore how the social media platform got involved in the actors’ defamation trial in Fairfax, Virginia intervened.

When the court hearings began in April, TikTok became a hotspot for seemingly endless pro-depp and anti-heard memes and videos about the trial, aired on CourtTV and other channels. Numerous videos with the hashtag #justiceforjohnnydepp each reached over 2 million likes.

Some posts included audio clips from the trial, including Heard’s comment about her dog stepping on a bee. Singer Doja Cat seemed to mock the line in a now-deleted TikTok. More than 450 TikTok videos appear to mock Heard with a remix of her statement.

TikTok videos also praised Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez, with some showing people cheering for Vasquez in public and others posting flattering video edits by the attorney. In another post, a TikTok user showed off her Vasquez-inspired tattoo.

The defamation trial ended June 1, with the jury awarding Depp $15 million in damages and Heard $2 million in damages. Judge Penney Azcarate reduced Depp’s earnings to approximately $10.4 million to comply with Virginia’s statute cap on punitive damages. However, the drama continued with Heard’s appeal attempts and her request for a trial, which has since been denied.

The 30-minute documentary will include interviews with Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Ruth Glenn, and others.

“A Marriage on Trial: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and Truth in the Age of Social Media” will air Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET on the online streaming network NBC News NOW. and will be available upon request at NBCNews.com

The documentary will be NBC News’ latest foray into the aftermath of the Depp-Heard defamation trial. In June, Heard sat down with Savannah Guthrie for her first post-trial interview.

During the lengthy Dateline NBC interview, which garnered mediocre reviews, the Aquaman actress shared a binder of notes from her therapist that were disallowed in court; NBC examined the notes and said they documented Heard speaking out about physical abuse back in 2012. The actress also opened up about her feelings for her ex-husband.

“I love him. I loved him with all my heart,” Heard said. “And I tried my best to make a deeply broken relationship work, but I couldn’t.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-07-13/johnny-depp-amber-heard-defamation-trial-tiktok-documentary Documentary examines TikTok’s impact on Depp-Heard trial

Sarah Ridley

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