Former US President Donald Trump expressed his two cents’ worth on the defamation lawsuit filed by Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp against his former wife, Aquaman actor Amber Heard.
Trump called the pair a “lovely couple” and also shaded the op-ed written by Amber Heard in 2018 which is the main reason for the defamation lawsuit.
“What a lovely couple” -Trump on the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard lawsuit
Former President Donald Trump in a lengthy post on Truth Social a few days ago commented on the ongoing defamation lawsuit between Depp and Heard calling them a “lovely couple”. “Has anybody been watching the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial? What a lovely couple,” wrote Trump in his post.
He also took a dig at the Washington Post, the news outlet that originally published the defaming op-ed article written by Amber Heard, calling it a “tiny outlet”.
“First of all, Johnny sued her for writing an article in a tiny “outlet,” that practically nobody read, because he didn’t want to get bad publicity. How did that work out?” -the post further read. “She countersued for $100 million”.
Johnny Depp accused the Aquaman actor of throwing a large bottle of vodka at him that allegedly severed off the tip of his finger. Commenting on the claim. Donald Trump wrote that Amber Heard must have a “Sandy-Koufax type arm”.
“The charges are many & salacious, the nicest of which is that she threw a bottle at him and it took off his finger – She must have a Sandy Koufax type arm.” -Trump wrote. “Will they get back together and live in PEACE?” -he concluded.
The defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is being held in Fairfax County, Virginia, which started on April 11, 2022. Plaintiff Johnny Depp is suing defendant Amber Heard for three counts of defamation for “$50,000,000 +” in damages. Heard is countersuing for $100 million. The couples are married actors who were married between 2015 and 2017.
Previously accused of intimate partner violence by Heard, Depp sued his ex-wife in February 2019 over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018. Depp blamed Heard’s op-ed for significant financial losses in his career, claiming it harmed his ability to profit from his profession. Heard described becoming “a public figure representing domestic abuse” and “seeing, in real-time, how institutions protect men accused of domestic abuse” in the op-ed.
Since it was posted, Trump’s post has received 12,000 likes (as of this writing), with several of his supporters adding their own quips and one-liners to the conversation. On Twitter, where Trump’s account had previously been permanently suspended, some users mocked his remarks, claiming that he is no different than Heard when it comes to falsehoods and displays of narcissism.
Kate Moss expected to testify in support of Depp this week at the trial
The Depp vs Heard case is getting murkier and even more complicated with each passing day, with shocking revelations and new allegations emerging from both sides.
Kate Moss, a Depp-ex, will testify as a rebuttal witness for the actor on Wednesday. She is allowed to testify after Heard mentioned her during testimony, referring to an alleged altercation between the two when they dated in the 1990s.
A hand surgeon testified in court on Monday that Depp’s account of the severed finger fight was inconsistent with the injury, and a psychiatrist testified that the actor’s behaviour was “consistent with a perpetrator of intimate partner violence.”
According to an entertainment industry expert, the op-ed had no effect on Depp’s career, but the scandal cost Heard up to $50 million in earnings.
Meanwhile, new tensions have emerged as Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez took centre stage during her cross-examination of Heard. Vasquez grilled Heard on several points, even going so far as to ask who the “real monster” in the relationship was after Heard initially labelled Depp as such. Her performance was so well received that she gained a cult following of fans who praised her for asking difficult questions. Despite the fact that Vasquez has been in the spotlight this week, Trump did not mention her in his earlier remarks.
With just under a week until the trial concludes, there does not appear to be a clear “winner” in the libel case so far. Despite the overwhelming public support for Depp, legal experts say there is still a chance that Heard’s testimony will sway the jury in her favour. Whatever the outcome of the trial, both Depp and Heard’s lives will be forever altered, casting serious doubt on their future career prospects.