Amber Heard sparks backlash after declaring defamation verdict a ‘setback’

Amber Heard faced a new wave of criticism online after she called the verdict in Johnny Depp’s libel suit against her a “setback” for victims of domestic violence.

On Wednesday, a jury in Fairfax County, Virginia, ruled in favor of Depp in his defamation lawsuit, finding that Heard deliberately and maliciously defamed the actor when she wrote her 2018 Washington Post opinion about her experiences as a domestic violence survivor.

After the verdict, Heard brought a statement via Twitter She said she was disappointed “beyond words” and “heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still wasn’t enough to stand up to my ex-husband’s disproportionate power, influence and rule.”

“I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women,” the actress continued. “It’s a setback. It sets the clock back to a time when a woman who spoke out and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.”

However, some Twitter users claimed that it was Heard who pulled back domestic violence victims and survivors for years.

“No, Amber,” wrote Twitch streamer Romanova. “Liing about Johnny is a setback for men who are victims and want to be believed” [and] all of us women who have experienced abuse and want to be believed.”

“Amber has claimed that the verdict ‘set women back’. The only one who has pushed women back is she,” British broadcaster and journalist Sophie Corcoran claimed

“The only thing holding women back is Amber herself,” bestselling author and columnist Rebecca Jane claimed† “She has set victims of domestic violence back 10 years. Real victims will be afraid to come forward BECAUSE OF HER.”

Another person tweeted: “Amber Heard did not lose because the justice system let her down. Amber Heard lost because she is the abuser. There is a mountain of evidence against her. And this verdict is not a setback for women. It is a wake-up call to stop believing someone based only on their gender. It’s a wake-up call to go back to being innocent until proven otherwise.”

Heard’s fans and supporters shot back at the criticism and continued to tweet their support for the actress.

“Amber Heard is a better and braver person than most of you will ever be. But especially her haters. #IStandWithAmberHeard #MeToo,” a person tweeted

“My sweet girl, you did everything you could. You did everything RIGHT. I am so proud of you and we will never stop fighting. We are always with you,” a second Twitter user wrote

“I’m so sorry, Amber. I love you. I support you. I believe in you. I am with you always and forever,” another added

NBC News tech and culture reporter Kat Tenbarge called the verdict “horrifying” and criticized those who mocked and spread false information about Heard.

“A lot of the criticism of Amber Heard is rooted in misogyny, but beyond that, they’re also rooted in a fundamental misunderstanding of how trauma and abuse work,” she says. tweeted† “When people pick from Amber’s testimony, hyperfocus on her emotions and ‘body language’, lie about her and make fun of her, they are feeding this culture that hurts ALL victims. Even if Amber is not a victim, this behavior hurts victims.”

Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, told “Today’s” Savannah Guthrie on Thursday that her client “absolutely” plans to appeal the jury’s decision.

“She has excellent reasons for it,” the lawyer said.

The attorney claimed Depp won because Heard “was demonized,” adding, “A number of things were allowed in this court that should not have been allowed, and it confused the jury.”

Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.

Heard, for her part, was awarded $2 million from the jury in compensatory damages for her counterclaim, E! News reported. The jury found Depp liable after his lawyer called Heard’s claims a “hoax.”




Photo: AFP / Brendan SMIALOWSKI

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