The Johnny Depp v Amber Heard lawsuit is quickly becoming one of the most gruesome blockbusters and threatens to set women back 30.
It may have been three-time Oscar nominee, but this is quickly becoming Johnny Depp’s performance of a lifetime.
Smiling, waving and blowing kisses at fans, gagging with a knowing wink, he treated his daily court appearances as if it were a red carpet movie premiere, Clemmie writes Moodie in The sun.
In contrast, red-faced, bare-cheeked and sobbing, Amber Heard’s testimony was utterly heartbreaking to watch.
Yet we watch. Nine million of us tuned in to the live stream to see the $50 million libel case between the Pirates of the Caribbean actor and his ex-wife.
It quickly becomes a blockbuster of the most gruesome genre.
Broadcast on YouTube and Court TV, the lines between entertainment and justice have blurred beyond recognition.
The voyeurs swallowed the drama that unfolds as if from an episode of Bridgerton. Minus the fuss.
Contrary to Bridgerton, the past three weeks have been unedifying – compounded by the horrific abuse inflicted on Amber.
Memes, TikTok songs, sick ditties and doctored photos are doing the rounds online, making the clearly traumatized 36-year-old a global laughing stock.
There is a petition asking that it be removed from Aquaman 2.
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Yesterday, the hashtag #amberheardisapsycopath was doing the rounds. On the film’s website IMDB, the official industry database, her name was briefly changed to “Amber Turd”. The good thing is. #justiceforjohnny continues to trend on Twitter, while his moronic fans – obviously seeing beyond the coke bloat – believe People The magazine’s sexiest man still has it. He doesn’t.
He is a man who lost his case in the High Court against The sun in November 2020. He’s a confirmed wife-beater, a “man” who held Amber hostage for three days, left her in fear for her life, and texted herlaned to drown her and burn her like a witch and “fuck her burnt corpse after.
What about Amber’s crime? Defend battered women. Calling the aggressors. Have the courage to describe alleged sexual abuse – an incident involving a bottle of wine is every bit as gruesome as you might imagine.
Although forensic psychologist Dr Dawn Hughes testified to the allegations that she was the victim of domestic and sexual abuse by her ex, she is still being called a liar. Accused of disguising her PTSD, of having a personality disorder, she is a blaming — and shameful — victim in high definition.
In criminal or family law cases, Amber would be able to deliver her very moving and heartbreaking testimony via video link or behind a screen. Instead, as this is a defamation case, it is broadcast live on the internet. If this is how women are treated when they come forward, where is the incentive? Where is the protection?
According to a 2018 report by Women’s Aid, only 2% of women reported domestic violence to the police. A good friend of mine was sexually assaulted by a famous star in the United States. She considered going to the police, but could not cope with the fallout that resulted, the public humiliation, reliving the horror incident.
The moron remains free, predatory, able to impose himself on other women.
Amber Heard has a platform. She has millions in the bank and an elite legal and public relations team around her. She has voice recordings, photos of her bruises, damning text messages. The evidence is there for everyone. However, she is called a liar.
What hope do normal women have? Those who laugh at Amber’s torment should be ashamed. Surprisingly, the majority of them are women – so much for the sisterhood.
This case threatens to set women back 30 years. More needs to be done to support victims of abuse — the victims should not be the ones being abused.
This article originally appeared in The sun and has been reproduced with permission
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