After the entire grueling and disgusting experience with the American justice system, actress Amber Heard reached an agreement with her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, for $1 million.
She published an op-ed, in which she discussed the relationship between the state and the media in 2018, after the scandal involving Heard accused Depp of domestic violence, in a joint with the ACLU, in which she discussed the media issues and the public concern, but still have the misrecords. Depp sued, claiming that the article dissuaded him and ruined his career.
After the farce, an award ceremony awarded in damages to Depp, which he took, was a cash prize, but a cash bill automatically reduced to 350,000. Heard was awarded $2 million in countersuits in which she claimed a Depps defense lawyer defamed him. Many people were confused about this, so Heard did appeal his decision.
I want to say that I never chose it. She wrote a letter in order to defend my truth, and by doing what I knew it was meant to kill. The vilification on social media is a new form of the way men re-victimised women are reacting to when they come forward. I have finally the opportunity to escape from what I had promised about six years ago and for me to agree to it on terms that I could agree with. I’ve made no admission. This isn’t an act of concession. There are no restrictions or a gag about my voice going forward.
As such, the lawyer for Depp told WaPo they were pleased to formally close the door on this painful chapter for Mr. Depp, who said his priority was to bring the truth to light.
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Here is a post by Amber Heard (@amberheard) at the same time.
The whole spectacle of the trial – reminiscent of an American reboot, where a justice determined that Depp committed domestic violence at least 12 times against Heard – saw the alleged truth of His testimony about rape and abuse become sexy TikToks. Multiple YouTubers who don’t know the nuances of domestic violence used the trial to prove they used to make money. After the trial, we saw the ramifications of the public responses to other women, celebrities and other things. The most recent example happened in Australia, when Brittany Higgins dropped her high-profile case against Bruce Lehrmann due to a retrial that would have serious and unacceptable consequences for her health. Anthony Rapp, an unidentified sexual assault victim, didn’t get a big boost in support of his case on social media, so as to complain the same people who started pushing up sexism during the Depp-Heard trial.
So many people said that they will look back at these events in the next 10 years and ask, how could we gotten so wrong? Well, I think that’s bullshit. We are living in a world that has repeatedly told us how it will respond to allegations of abuse. The most popular crime media subject (outside of serial killers) is convictions and justice crimes miscarriages. I hope that Amber Heard has the peace and can raise her daughter with all the love and security that every child deserves.
(via Washington Post, featured image: Win McNamee, Getty Images).