The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial concluded on Wednesday and celebrities have finally revealed which one of the toxic exes they supported.
A Fairfax County jury awarded Johnny Depp $15 million in damages after finding that Heard defamed him with three separate statements in a 2018 Washington Post Op-Ed, where she described herself as “public figure representing domestic abuse,” but did not name him.
Depp sued Heard for $50 million over lost roles and sponsorships as a result of the piece, while the “Aquaman” actress countersued the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star for $100 million. Fans surrounded the courthouse and millions tuned in to watch as the Hollywood exes aired their dirty laundry during the six-week legal circus.
Depp received $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, while Heard was awarded $2 million compensatory damages after the seven-person jury ruled that Depp’s attorney defamed her with statements he made about her abuse claims.
Celebrities mostly kept mum during the court proceedings, but came out in full force on social media when the verdict was announced, and the overwhelming majority of them backed Depp.
Jennifer Aniston, Zoe Saldana, Emma Roberts, Ryan Adams, and Bella Hadid “liked” a statement Depp made on Instagram about the trial’s conclusion.
“Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported and believed in me were forever changed. All in the blink of an eye,” he began.
“False, very serious and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me,” Depp continued.
“It had already traveled around the world twice within a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career,” he concluded. And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled.”
While Naomi Campbell, Florence Pugh, Ashley Benson, Joey King, and Dakota Fanning backed the “Edward Scissorhands” star, Heard’s famous supporters were limited to Amy Schumer and Lindsay Lohan.
“Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke . . . She will need her sisterhood,” Schumer quoted Gloria Steinem on Instagram. Lohan added a raised hands emoji to the post.