After Johnny Depp won his defamation court battle against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, in February, several celebrities have withdrawn their likes from his post-trial statement on Instagram.
After Heard wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post describing herself as a domestic abuse survivor, Depp, 59, sued her for $50 million. Heard was awarded more than $10 million in June after a high-profile trial in Fairfax, Virginia. Depp was ordered to pay $2 million to Heard—who had counter-sued for $100 million—for defaming her via comments made by his attorney Adam Waldman.
During the trial, both Depp and Heard accused each other of violence during their ill-fated relationship - allegations they both vehemently denied. In a statement posted to Instagram shortly after the verdict, Depp said that the jury had given him "his life back." The media made false, serious, and criminal allegations about me, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me," he said.
The goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome," he said. "I feel at peace knowing that I have finally spoken the truth to my children and to all those who have stood by me.
My heart is full of gratitude for the outpouring of love and support from all over the world."More than 19 million likes were received on the Instagram post, with a host of celebrities showing their support. At Paul McCartney's concerts, images of the Pirates of the Caribbean star were projected onscreen, and ex-girlfriend Kate Moss stood up to support Depp.
Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee also posted their support. A list of celebrities who liked the post was compiled by Reddit users following the verdict. Based on this list, we can now compare whose likes have remained on the post. Several stars have disappeared from Depp's post, including Elle Fanning, Bella Hadid, Orlando Bloom, Robert Downey Jr., Zoey Deutch, Sophie Turner, and Joey King, according to a Twitter thread shared by a Heard supporter.
Depp has not released a statement explaining why their likes no longer appear on his post. There was speculation on Twitter that some people have changed their stance on supporting Depp after 6,000 pages of court documents were unsealed. In the documents, Depp is alleged to have frustrated Disney executives with his behavior on the set of the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, to have texted Marilyn Manson about Heard, and to be trying to use Heard's stint as a stripper against her.
Legal experts said the new information reflects poorly on Depp and led to Heard supporters mocking the screen star for a deeply personal medical issue that was alleged in the documents. In contrast with her court battle with Depp, Heard has seen a more subdued celebrity following. Jason Momoa, her Aquaman co-star, liked the post-trial statements on both Heard and Depp's Instagram accounts, hinting that even though he is friends with Heard, he will not side with either.
The Twitter thread posted this week on celebrity supporters listed Sarah Paulson, Amanda Seyfried, John Legend, Edward Norton, Lena Headey, and Emily Ratajkowski as supporters. She attacked Depp directly after the verdict, expressing her support for Heard. Due to their appeals, Depp and Heard's legal battle could continue to dominate headlines for months to come.