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Phoebe Burgess looks into the Heard case

Ex-WAG Phoebe Burgess has said she feels compelled to comment on the defamation of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard as things take a turn for the worse in her personal life.

The ex-wife of a prominent NRL player has weighed in on the dispute between Johnny Heard and Amber Heard saying the Pirates of the Caribbean star managed to ensure that “women are not believed”.

Phoebe Burgess, the ex-wife of former South Sydney player Sam Burgess, took to Instagram late on Sunday to claim the shocking public reaction to the trial will keep more victims from coming forward.

Depp, 56, is suing his ex-wife for US$50 million (A$72 million), alleging she defamed him in his 2018 Washington Post platform in which she describes herself as a victim of domestic violence.

Heard, 36, is counter-suing for US$100 million (A$144 million) claiming Depp defamed her when he said she was lying about his abuse allegations.

Australian ex-WAG Phoebe said on the social media platform that the case and the way Heard is being handled could deter other women from pursuing domestic abuse allegations.

“If any of you felt uneasy about the way Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard was portrayed and consummated: I hear you, sister,” said Phoebe in the message.

“That man [Depp] filed this lawsuit – seeking $100 million – after a UK judge found he was a ‘wife-beater,'” Phoebe continued.

In 2020, Depp lost a defamation case against The sun newspaper which called him a “wife beater”. Heard was the star witness with the British judge saying she was beaten 12 out of 14 times.

“If his mission was to send a signal to all the abusers and misogynists out there that women won’t be believed, he succeeded,” Phoebe wrote.

“Victims see one of their worst fears reinforced… ‘no one will believe me’.

“And when it comes to leaving, I’m afraid women will think… ‘maybe he’ll do a Depp to me’.”

Along with her words, a screenshot of a troll’s message had been privately messaged to Phoebe on Instagram.

The message called her an “absolute loser”, “Australia’s own Amber Heard”, and said her children would look down on her.

These comments appeared to refer to Burgess allegations in 2020where she alleged that she was the victim of domestic violence during her four-year marriage to Sam Burgess.

Burgess was sacked as assistant coach at South Sydney in October 2020 after Phoebe made allegations of domestic abuse and drug use.

The Rabbitohs player has denied all allegations and any wrongdoing.

The The Rabbitohs player was cleared of the charges and the NRL reinstated him in his role. Phoebe has criticized the decision to bring her husband back to the club as “appalling”.

The NRL star has admitted to having an affair and driving while using drugs.

“They found cocaine in my system while I was driving my car. Pretty embarrassing. Pretty embarrassed about it,” Sam Burgess said in an interview this year.

“For the past 18 months, I have felt like a loser. My marriage collapsed. I had just retired from sports. My ex-stepfather took an AVO against me. Two days after retiring, I separated my marriage.

The couple share son Billy, 3, and daughter Poppy, 5.

In a response to the abusive message she received on Instagram, Phoebe said: “I hope that by the time my children are safe to a point where they are old enough to despise anything in this world, they will only look down on how we deal with the problem of abuse…”

The horrific reaction of the world to Amber Heard

Memes and videos flooding social media mocking Heard, 36, have outraged domestic violence services.

On Instagram and Twitter, hashtags referring to Heard as “Amber Turd”, a “liar” and a “gold digger” have been doing the rounds.

On YouTube, under the courtroom life streams, viewers accused the Aquaman star of being “manipulative, calculating and quite possibly a trickster”.

And TikTok fared no better, with a viral clip on the platform, directed at Heard, stating, “He could have killed you, he had every right.”

On the penultimate day of the defamation trial, Amber Heard revealed she had received thousands of death threats, with some trolls even threatening to murder her baby.

“People want to kill me, and they tell me that every day. People want to kill my microwave baby, and they tell me that,” Heard told jurors.

“I receive hundreds of death threats regularly, even daily. Thousands since the start of this trial.

Heard has a one-year-old daughter, Oonagh Paige Heard.

CEO of Endpoint AustraliaHayley Foster, previously slammed as social media commentary around ‘extremely harrowing’ trial.

“Not just for Heard, but for any victim-survivor watching and seeing the attack that happens when someone talks about the abuse they have suffered,” she told news.com.au.

— With Rebekah Scanlan

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