Hawks on social media after the Depp vs. Heard have ridiculed Amber Heard’s failed attempt at poetic justice after noting that the Aquaman star was wearing her infamous “funeral dress” in court yesterday.
The same plain black dress was worn by Heard when she filed her restraining order against Johnny Depp in LA when their marriage broke up in 2016, and then again in London in 2020 while attending court for the libel suit between Depp and British newspaper The Sun.
Heard herself that she even posted photos of the outfit from both events on social media in March 2021, when the Pirates of the Caribbean actor lost his bid to appeal the court ruling in favor of The Sun, in what many saw as a spiteful count to her former husband.
“One dress, four years apart. Sometimes it’s important to wear the same thing twice,” the 36-year-old wrote.
Eagle-eyed Twitter users pulled into Heard last night and saw her again dressed in the same dreary outfit as she left the courtroom after learning she will be forced to pay $8.35 million in damages to her 58-year-old ex-husband .
“Sometimes it’s important to wear the same dress three times. The day you ruined his life, the day you agreed to lie in court, the day you lost,” one user wrote, mocking Heard’s lousy post from last year.
Another commented: ‘This manipulative show pony intended to use the verdict as a PR stunt as she put on her ‘amish dress’ for the 3rd time. All the PR in the world can’t restore its reputation now.’
Some accused the actress of trying to stage ‘one more photo op’, while others shouted ‘third time is NO charm!’ and taunted ‘your lucky black dress didn’t work?’
Depp won his libel suit against ex-husband and fellow actor Heard yesterday, marking the culmination of a blockbuster lawsuit that has attracted worldwide attention.
The jury of the Fairfax County District Court in Virginia yesterday ruled in favor of all three defamation charges leveled by Depp against Heard, finding that they falsely and knowingly charged him with domestic violence.
The solid black dress was worn by Heard when she filed her restraining order against Johnny Depp in LA when their marriage broke up in 2016
She wore the same outfit again in London in 2020 while attending court for the libel case between Depp and British newspaper The Sun
“One dress, four years apart. Sometimes it’s important to wear the same thing twice,” the 36-year-old wrote in a hateful March 2021 post
Eagle-eyed Twitter users pulled into Heard last night and saw her again dressed in the same dreary outfit as she left the courtroom after learning she will be forced to pay $8.35 million in damages to her 58-year-old ex-husband
Social media users came in on Heard last night, accusing her of a PR stunt
The highly publicized case has set the internet on fire in recent weeks, and Heard’s attorney said her client could appeal the verdict yesterday, claiming the jury was heavily influenced by the overwhelmingly pro-Depp conviction. messages circulating on social media.
Elaine Charlson Bredhoft, who represented Heard at the trial, appeared on the… Show today on Thursday to confirm that the actress plans to appeal and has “excellent reasons” for doing so.
The lawyer insisted the jury was heavily influenced by public opinion, particularly on social media, despite strict orders from the judge not to read about the case outside of court.
“There’s no way they couldn’t have been influenced. It was horrible. It was really, really one-sided,” Bredhoft said of public sentiment to Heard in the case.
“It’s like the Roman Colosseum, the way they looked at this whole thing.”
Bredhoft said Depp’s legal team had tried to “demonize Amber and suppress the evidence.”
“We had withheld an enormous amount of evidence in this case that was in the UK case,” she said, referring to Depp’s libel suit against The Sun, which he lost.
“In the British case, when it came in Amber won, Mr Depp lost.”
When asked if the verdict meant the jury simply didn’t believe Heard, Bredhoft doubled down and snapped back, “That’s because she was demonized here.”
“There were some things that were allowed in this court that shouldn’t have been allowed and it caused confusion for the jury,” she said.
Attorney Elaine Charlson Bredhoft, who represented Heard at the trial, appeared on the Today Show Thursday and said Heard has “excellent grounds” to appeal.
Amber Heard’s lead attorney has spoken out after her astonishing loss in the civil suit, saying the actress is unable to pay the $8.35 million in damages she owes Johnny Depp
Amber Heard Leaving Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse, June 1, 2022
The impact of the lawsuit on Depp and Heard’s respective careers in the entertainment industry remains to be seen, but legal and entertainment experts said both actors’ reputations have been damaged.
“They will both return to work, but I think it will be a while before a major studio finds them safe enough to bet on,” said former entertainment attorney Matthew Belloni, who writes about Hollywood’s affairs for the Puck newsletter.
A three-time Best Actor Oscar nominee, Depp was a bankable star leading up to the release of Heard’s defamatory op-ed in 2018 and is best known for his portrayal of the beloved Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
But in recent years, he only appeared in a series of smaller films, few of which were considered commercial success.
Heard’s acting career has been more modest, and she’s set to appear in only one upcoming high-profile role — the sequel to superhero film Aquaman — though petitions to have her removed from the film have received millions of signatures.
British PR expert Mark Borkowski said: ‘There is no turning back for Heard in Hollywood. If you’re sitting there making a movie or thinking about casting it, are you going to hire her?
‘Look at the outrage over Aquaman 2’ [where a petition to have her kicked off the film hit four million signatures last night]† The trial pollutes any marketing or PR to launch a movie.”
Eric Rose, a crisis management and communications expert in Los Angeles, called the trial a “classic murder-suicide,” in terms of damage to both careers.
“From a reputation management perspective, there can be no winners… It’s now getting harder for studios to hire either actor because you potentially alienate a large portion of your audience.”