There was a pointed message in the dress Amber Heard wore to court yesterday – but some are now mocking the star for the symbolic move.
Eagle-eyed followers of the ongoing Amber Heard and Johnny Depp saga have spotted a striking similarity between Heard’s legal outfits.
She seems to have worn the same black”funeral dresson the day she filed a restraining order against Johnny Depp in 2016, as well as in 2020 during her UK court appearance against him. And she handed it over on Thursday when the the verdict of the libel suit has been delivered.
The jury awarded Depp, 58, $10 million (A$14 million) in compensatory damages and $5 million (A$7 million) in punitive damages. Virginia law states that punitive damages should be capped at US$350,000 (A$480,000), meaning Depp will actually receive a maximum total of US$10.35 million (A$14.24 million). dollars A). Heard was awarded US$2 million (AUD$2.75 million) in compensatory damages and no punitive damages.
That day, Heard, 36, wore an all-black ensemble, but the dress looked oddly familiar.
In March 2021, Heard posted snaps in the same dress – one in 2016 in the midst of her divorce and another from 2020 leaving a UK courthouse – on instagram with the caption “One dress, four years apart. Sometimes it’s important to wear the same thing twice.
So naturally, when Twitter users spotted the infamous dress yet again, they dug into Heard’s fashion choices.
“Sometimes it’s important to wear the same dress three times. The day you ruined his life, the day you agreed to lie in court, the day you lost,” one Twitter user wrote.
“This manipulative show pony was planning to use the verdict as a PR stunt when she donned her ‘Amish dress’ for the third time. All the PR in the world can’t fix her reputation now. We all have heard the audio tapes, they show the real Amber Heard,” one said.
“Not @realamberheard trying to do something while wearing the same ugly funeral dress? Madam, burn it,” wrote a third.
“I love that Amber Heard is wearing the same black dress she wore for the restraining order, the trial in the UK, and now the one in the US where she wasted a lot of time. I’m sure she was trying some sort of ‘poetic justice’ moment summed up by a dress. But she lost and it was a total flop,” another tweeted.
Despite her loss to her ex-husband, Heard should appeal the amount she owes.
“No one will write a check until the matter is finally resolved – either on appeal or on a motion for a new trial, but there will be more litigation before we know who gets paid what,” said Halim Dhanidina, a former California judge. and the current criminal defense attorney said The post office earlier.
“They were able to delete the medical records, which were very, very important because they showed a trend going back to 2012, Amber reporting this to her therapist, for example,” she said. “We’ve had a significant amount of text, including from Mr Depp’s aides, saying, ‘When I told him he kicked you, he cried, he’s so sorry.
It didn’t come in.
In 2020, Depp continued The sun for calling him a “wife beater” in a 2018 article, but the judge ruled in favor of the tabloid in November 2020, saying Heard’s allegations were “substantially true.” However, this time that was another story.
Heard was found guilty of defamation on three counts, while Depp was only liable for one.
“It’s a setback for women inside and outside the courtroom,” Ms Bredehoft said. CBS Matinees. “What this jury said is if you don’t save it, it didn’t happen.”
While Heard was an off-air show, she issued a statement following the verdict.
“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words,” Heard wrote. “I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was still not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence and sway of my ex-husband.”
She claimed “publicly shameful” and “humiliated” broadcasts, arguing that she had lost her right to “freedom of speech”.
On CBS Matinees, New York Times Journalist Jodi Kantor, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporting saw Harvey Weinstein ultimately imprisoned, joined in the #MeToo conversation, regarding Heard.
“The way Amber Heard was attacked was, in a way, very familiar,” Kantor said. “There was a lot of misogyny that we’ve seen before. There was a kind of weaponization of the online reputation war. There was almost this hate machine built against her.
She said it is a “frightening prospect” for women who want justice for their attackers, now fearing they could face a libel suit in return.
Even after the verdict was delivered, Heard still faces backlash from the trial in the form of social media trolls.
“I had never seen him at this level and directed against a woman at this intensity,” Kantor said.
This story originally appeared on Page 6 and is republished here with permission
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