Team Amber The Celebrities Who Have Voiced Support During Bitter 100m Trial Against Johnny Depp
Team Amber: The celebrities who have voiced support for the Aquaman actress during bitter $100m trial against ex Johnny Depp – from Kathy Griffin to Julia Fox
As a blood-and-guts tale worthy of any Hollywood psychodrama, the ex-spouse defamation suit showdown between Johnny Deppand Amber Heard has gripped the nation and had the public and celebrities alike lining up to choose a side.
In one corner is Depp; the Hollywood heartthrob, in the public’s lives for over three decades, the number one A-lister for a period and the creator of the beloved character Captain Jack Sparrow.
And in the other corner his less famous, less well-known, less beloved ex-wife Heard, with a smaller well of public sympathy to draw from.
While Depp, 58, has brought his trademark likeable charisma to the courtroom and won the backing of dozens of celebrities that he has worked with and befriended over a lifetime in showbiz, Heard, 36, has found it harder to elicit support.
But some celebrities have come out in support for the Aquaman actress. So who are they?
Kathy Griffin came out in support of Heard at the start of the trial, replying to her message on Twitter
Kathy Griffin, 61, came out in support of Heard after the actress posted on Twitter that she would be taking a hiatus from social media during the trial.
She commented on Heard’s announcement: ‘Oh, Doll. I’m thinking about you and sending all the love.’
Griffin, an Emmy-award-winning comedian and LGBQT activist, has also retweeted articles in support of Heard in the last few weeks.
She has also accused Depp fans of being ‘obviously well funded’ and organizing an online campaign against his ex-wife.
Howard Stern showed himself to be no fan of Johnny Depp, criticising him for the defamation suit, thinking he could ‘charm the pants off America’ and labelling him a ‘narcissist’
Veteran shock jock Stern, 68, never afraid to speak his mind, came out against Depp on his SiriusXM show in late April.
‘He [Depp] figured, ”I’ll put this on TV because I’m so persuasive and I’m so smart, and I’m such a wonderful guy… I will charm the pants off of America at the trial,” Stern said.
‘No you won’t. This will not go well. It’s not going well for you, it’s not going well for her. It’s not going well for anybody. You sound like two battling children. It’s just coming off really badly.’
Stern forged a legendary career as a serial controversy-courter with his hit show The Howard Stern show, which gained popularity (and notoriety) between 1986 and 2005.
And he had more words for Depp, labelling him a narcissist for wanting the trial televised.
Ellen Barkin (right), who dated Depp (left) briefly in the 90s when they filmed Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas together, said in testimony recorded in 2019 that Depp was ‘jealous’ and ‘controlling’
Hollywood luminary Barkin, 68, dated Depp briefly in the 1990s and last week testified during the suit against Depp.
Jurors heard how the Edward Scissorhands actor was a ‘jealous, controlling man,’ who had once thrown a wine bottle across a hotel room.
‘Where are you going? Who are you going with? What did you do last night?’ she claimed he would ask her constantly.
Depp retorted that she held a grudge against him, ever since he had spurned her three decades ago.
Actress Julia Fox defended Heard by saying she did not abuse Depp as he was more powerful than her both ‘physically and financially’
Fox, nominated for the Breakthrough Actor Award at the 2019 Gotham Awards after her debut role in Uncut Gems, came to Heard’s defence on Instagram.
‘This is clearly a sick way of still controlling her life by suing her all over the world,’ said the 32-year-old actress who briefly dated Kanye West, 44.
‘Did she hit him? Yes. Was it abuse? No.
‘You need to have power to be able to abuse it. She was 25. He clearly was always way more powerful including physically and financially.’
David Krumholtz has called Amber ‘brilliant’ and ‘strong’
In a series of Instagram posts David Krumholtz laid into Depp and, although he said she is not innocent, he concluded with: ‘I believe Amber Heard.’
TV actor Krumholtz attacked Depp over his drug and alcohol consumption, saying it turned men into ‘monsters’
TV actor Krumholtz attacked Depp over his drug and alcohol consumption, saying it turned men into ‘monsters’.
In a series of Instagram posts he laid into Depp and, although he said she is not innocent, he concluded with: ‘I believe Amber Heard.’
Krumholtz worked with Heard on NBC’s 2011 TV series The Playboy Club, in which Heard played a ‘bunny girl’ in 1960’s Chicago.
‘I worked with Amber Heard,’ Krumholtz wrote. ‘She is not psychotic. She is brilliant and strong and got caught up in b******t.
‘She made a mistake. Why is Johnny suing her? Because he has not owned up to his raging addiction issues.’
Renowned brain box Rachel Riley, one of the presenters on daytime TV show Countdown, came out in support of Amber Heard by retweeting threads critical of Johnny Depp
British TV star Rachel Riley, who stars on the show Countdown, tweeted: ‘I wouldn’t wish this guy on my worst enemy.’
She retweeted a couple of Twitter threads about abusing relationships and Depp’s association with reviled figures such as Marilyn Manson and Harvey Weinstein.
Meanwhile, the suit kicked off when Depp sued Heard for defamation, demanding $50 million in damages from his ex-wife after she penned a Washington Post op-ed in which she claims she described herself as ‘a public figure representing domestic abuse.’
Depp’s lawyers say he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned his name, as it falsely portrayed him as a domestic abuser and cost him his lucrative film career, including the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie franchise.
Civil attorney Katherine Lizardo said Depp had a ‘very unique personality,’ and appeared genuine and smiled often, potentially making him appealing to the jury.
Amber Heard, 36, is countersuing Johnny Depp for allegedly orchestrating a ‘smear campaign’ against her and describing his own lawsuit as a continuation of ‘abuse and harassment’ she suffered at his hands during their marriage
Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife Amber Heard in a Virginia court for $50 million after she penned an op-ed in the Washington Post claiming that she was a victim of domestic abuse
This has helped him win the battle for public opinion, with a petition of almost 4.3 million signatures demanding Heard be dropped from her role in Aquaman 2.
The list of actors on ‘Team Depp’ is long and illustrious, with names such as Winona Ryder, with whom he stared in 1990’s Edward Scissorhands, Javier Bardem, who formed a formidable cast of A-listers with Depp on 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, and Chris Rock, who joked on stage that we should ‘believe all women, just not Amber Heard’.
French actress Eva Green, 41, said: ‘I have no doubt Johnny will emerge with his good name and wonderful heart revealed to the world, and life will be better than it ever was for him and his family.’
And Courtney Love posted a video to Instagram telling how Depp once saved her life by performing CPR when she had overdosed in a club.
Closing arguments for the trial will be heard on Friday after seven weeks of allegations of drug abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse and death threats.
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s caustic relationship
February 3, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard marry in a private civil ceremony at their LA home, four years after they met as co-stars on the set of The Rum Diary. The couple celebrate with a lavish reception on an idyllic private island in the Bahamas that Depp bought in 2004 for $3.6 million.
April 21, Heard breaches Australia’s biosecurity laws when she and Depp fail to declare their two Yorkshire terriers when they arrive Down Under on a private jet for the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Heard admits falsifying quarantine documents and is placed on a $1,000 one-month good behavior bond.
May 23, Heard files for divorce after 15 months of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. Four days later a judge issues a temporary restraining order against Depp over domestic violence allegations. Pictures of Heard’s alleged injuries hit the tabloids but the LAPD finds no evidence of a crime.
August 16, Depp and Heard reach a $7 million divorce settlement which the actress promises to give to charity. Their marriage was ‘intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,’ the former lovers say in a statement. ‘There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm’.
December 18, The Washington Post publishes an op-ed by Heard, an ambassador for women’s rights at for the American Civil Liberties Union, urging support for women who suffer domestic violence. ‘Two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out,’ reads the headline.
March 1, Despite not being named in the article, Depp files a $50 million defamation suit in Fairfax Circuit Court, Virginia saying it implied he was an abuser and got him fired from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Depp dismisses Heard’s abuse allegations as a ‘hoax’ and claims he was actually the victim of her violence.
August 10, Heard countersues for $100 million, claiming vengeful Depp and his lawyer Adam Waldman targeted her with a vicious smear campaign, using media allies and internet trolls to amplify false stories about her and derail her acting career.
November 1, Depp faces an uphill battle to save his reputation after he loses a libel battle with a British tabloid that labeled him a ‘wife beater’. A judge in London’s rules that The Sun’s 2018 article was ‘substantially true’ and that the father-of-two had attacked Heard a dozen times, causing her to fear for her life on three occasions.
April 11, After lengthy delays due to the Covid pandemic, the former flames finally lock horns in Fairfax County, Virginia where the Washington Post servers that published the disputed op-ed are based. The trial is expected to last six to seven weeks and celebrities tipped to give evidence include James Franco, Paul Bettany and Ellen Barkin.