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Amber Heard Told to 'Stop Playing the Victim' after Actress Calls Public's Reaction to Verdict 'Unfair'

Oyin Balogun
Jun 20, 2022
07:30 A.M.
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Following the ruling of the jurors in the unforgettable trial between two Hollywood stars and a past couple, "Aquaman" actress Amber Heard believes that the public reaction has been "unfair." However, critics say she must "stop playing the victim" card.


For many weeks, Amber Heard and her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, battled out in court, trying to appeal to the jurors with evidence and oral/graphic testimonies.

This happened after the actor slammed his ex-wife with a defamation lawsuit. At the beginning of the month, a Fairfax County Circuit Court jury delivered a guilty verdict on Heard, and her ex-husband was awarded a $15 million settlement.

Amber Heard and her attorneys Elaine Bredehoft and Benjamin Rottenborn at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse on June 1, 2022 | Source: Getty Images


However, following the evidence from Heard's camp, the juror's ruling included Depp paying his former spouse $2 million, as they agreed on one of three counts in her countersuit.

The collective decision came after long hours of deliberations. However, Heard was displeased with the judgment. The actress, who has described herself as a victim of domestic violence since 2018, condemned the conclusions in the courtroom online, adding that it was a setback for her gender. Heard's tweet read:

"The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I'm even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women."

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp during the "Black Mass" premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at The Elgin on September 14, 2015, in Toronto, Canada. | Source: Getty Images


Heard further mentioned that it will only make it easier for violence against women to be treated with levity, adding that the clock is not set on women being "humiliated" when they bravely speak about their experiences.

As expected from the winning side, Depp, alongside his supporters, was overjoyed at the verdict, and some tagged it as a victory for men who have been wrongly accused of domestic violence.


While many jubilated upon hearing the news, the actor calmly expressed his happiness, stating that he was obliged to tell the truth because of his kids and supporters.

Depp was very concerned with revealing his side of the story to the world, and he shared that he was not fixated on the outcome before the case ended. Still, he was grateful to the jury. The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star maintained that:

"The jury gave me my life back."



The famous trial was televised, allowing people worldwide to watch and weigh the case. Before the verdict, many influencers/ Twitter users shared their thoughts. It was gathered that these supporters could feel the tension in the courtroom. A person tweeted:

"I don't care about the damages I just need to know what the verdict is."


Once the jury delivered their judgment, Depp's fans were relieved, and they expressed their happiness via their tweets. One woman named Liz McGrath wrote:

"I am so happy for Johnny Depp. Not just because he's a handsome famous man, but because he was abused in his relationship and falsely accused, this will do great thing for male DV victims I hope #DeppVsHeard #IStandWithJohnyDepp #TruthWins."


On the other hand, Heard's loyalists refused to back down. They sympathized with their favorite actress and trended the hashtag "IStandWithAmberHeard," @achagadot wrote:

"Stay strong, @realamberheard. We stand with you, ALWAYS. We believe in you. #IStandWithAmberHeard."


Another Twitter user named Frankie surveyed the case theme, expressing confidence in the court's ruling. The tweet read:

"glad to see johnny [depp] get justice, but now let's keep the same energy for female victims of domestic violence! it seems like the internet is so quick to support the men who come forward but then attack the women who do the same. #verdictwatch #DeppVsHeard."


In addition, lots of celebrities have boldly revealed whose side they are on. Sharon Osbourne, Ashley Benson, Harry Jowsey, and Ryan Adams celebrated the victory. While comedian Amy Schumer posted a powerful message in honor of Heard's bravery."



Despite the verdict and the support curried by Depp, Heard bravely poured out her mind to NBC News. Having clarified that the ruling was a setback, she maintained that the public critics were being "unfair."

The actress tearily explained that even though people believed she was guilty and deserved all the trolling, "you still couldn't tell me — look me in the eye and tell me — that you think there's been a fair representation on social media. You cannot tell me that you think that this has been fair."

She also blamed her ex-husband's fame for the support from his fans, establishing that it is understandable. According to her:


"He's a beloved character and people feel they know him."

Within hours of the bombshell interview (NBC shared only a few minutes of the clip), many Twitter users slammed her for attacking Depp's credibility as an actor for being his win tool. One person wrote:


"Also, Amber Heard going on and on about losing because Depp is a good actor is a pretty damning indictment of her own career prospects."


Amber Heard testifies at Fairfax County Circuit Court during a defamation case against Johnny Depp in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 4, 2022. | Source: Getty Images


British journalist Piers Morgan is not having any of Heard's explanations. The reporter, noted for his courageous takes on matters, quoted the interview and attacked the actress for playing the victim card while explaining that the jury was certain she was guilty. His tweet read:

"The jurors didn't read any of the social media stuff, they listened to the evidence & concluded she was lying. I suggest it's time for Ms Heard to stop playing the victim."


Calling her out with a first tweet was not enough, as Morgan updated his status with another, establishing that her talkativeness is aimed at gaining sympathy. In his words:

"The longer Amber Heard talks, the more she plays the victim... as with Meghan Markle, the less I believe her."


Irrespective of the global view, Heard stated that the defamation case turned her into an unlikeable victim, which is understandable. She said:

"I know he promised it. I testified to this. I am not a good victim, I get it. I am not a likable victim. I am not a perfect victim."


Also, she admitted to being afraid of the future (when asked if she is nervous about Depp suing her again), adding that such lawsuits silence their victims.

Amid the Heard's insistence that she was poorly treated by the actor and suffered domestic violence during their time together, she still admitted to being in love with him. Shockingly, Heard claimed not to have any ill feelings towards him.