While his defamation trial against Amber Heard is still very much ongoing, there’s no denying that Johnny Depp has received overwhelming support where the internet is concerned.
Comment sections all over the web are saturated with the pro-Depp and anti-Heard sentiment, with many accusing the Aquaman star of lying and fake-crying in her testimony.
It’s unavoidable – the “Justice for Johnny” hashtag, for instance, has nearly 10 billion views on TikTok, and the “Amber Heard is a liar” hashtag has racked up almost 2 billion views on the platform at the time of writing.
During her testimony last week, the 36-year-old actress made a series of damning allegations against her 58-year-old ex-husband – including that he sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle and repeatedly physically abused her.
Large swathes of the internet refuse to believe any of the allegations she has made against the Pirates of the Caribbean star.
Some legal experts, however, believe it may be more difficult to convince jurors in the trial that Depp is 100 percent innocent in this case.
Former district attorney Emily D. Baker told Insider that jurors have been told not to do their own research on the case, and so their verdict should ultimately be based on what they hear in the courtroom.
The thing is, fans have managed to make their way inside the courtroom to watch the trial, and some even wait outside with “Justice for Johnny” signs. Many are even heard booing at Heard each day.
“For me, that kind of stuff crosses the line,” Baker said. “What’s playing out in court is playing out in court, but I just don’t think there’s that need for vitriol outside of a courthouse.”
Baker said jurors may think the same, which “can actually hurt Johnny Depp’s side.”
“If the jurors leaving the courthouse to see people out there booing, I think that could actually make them more empathetic to her,” she said.
Heard’s 2018 Washington Post op-ed, on which the ongoing defamation case is based, was about the consequences women face when they speak out against abuse. So, the jury, seeing firsthand the ramifications Heard has faced after sharing her claims, may rule in her favor.
“That could just impact their state of mind where they’re like, ‘I’m watching this happen,'” Baker said. “It can just be something in their mind saying, you know, she wasn’t a hundred percent wrong in this article.”