The Johnny Depp And Amber Heard Trial Is A Media Circus — And We’re Losing Track Of What’s At Stake

The consequences of the defamation trial seem to have gotten lost in the media circus surrounding it. But it could have a very chilling impact on domestic violence survivors.

There’s been a lot of chatter about the ongoing defamation trial involving actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. A TikTok trend mocking Heard’s facial expressions. Tweets demanding justice for a purportedly innocent Depp. A “Fuck Amber Heard” mug that you can buy on Etsy for $12.90. Then there was the “SNL” skit about the infamous poop incident, and the TikToks analyzing whether Heard snorted a bump of cocaine while on the stand. The internet is having a field day.

But what’s at stake in the case seems to have gotten lost in the media circus surrounding it.

The trial centers on a defamation lawsuit Depp filed against Heard for $50 million, claiming that Heard damaged his career and income by publicly discussing allegations of domestic violence against Depp. The lawsuit is based on a 2018 op-ed Heard wrote in The Washington Post discussing her experience of domestic and sexual violence throughout her life.

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