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Greens leader Cassy O’Connor sparks backlash over Johnny Depp and Amber Heard comments in lawsuit

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Greens leader is pilloried for calling Amber Heard a ‘serious liar, abuser and perpetrator’ during her trial of Johnny Depp in tweets

  • Tasmanian Greens leader sparked backlash over comments about Amber Heard
  • Cassy O’Connor posted a series of tweets during the libel lawsuit against Johnny Depp
  • She claimed that Ms. Heard was ‘not the victim’ and that she was actually the ‘abuser’

Tasmanian Greens leader Cassy O’Connor has been criticized for calling Amber Heard the “abuser” during her defamation trial with Johnny Depp.

Ms. O’Connor appeared to be siding with Depp in a series of messages she posted on Twitter during the process between the Hollywood actors.

Depp sued Heard for defamation over a Washington Post article in which the actress claimed she was a “public figure representing domestic violence.”

Ms O’Connor claimed Heard was “not the victim” and instead a “serious liar” and “perpetrator.”

Tasmanian Greens leader Cassy O’Connor has been criticized for calling Amber Heard the ‘abuser’ during her defamation lawsuit with Johnny Depp

Depp had sued Ms Heard for defamation over a Washington Post article in which the actress claimed she was a

Depp had sued Ms Heard for defamation over a Washington Post article in which the actress claimed she was a “public figure representing domestic violence.”

“Sigh…I don’t know if you caught much of the trial, but the jury was not presented with any evidence that Depp physically or sexually assaulted Heard,” she wrote in one tweet.

“In contrast, they heard audio where she admitted she had punched him multiple times and cut his finger, causing malicious verbal abuse.”

Her tweets have sparked outrage among domestic violence advocates who claimed they were “extremely distressing” to victims of abuse.

Engender Equality policy and communications officer Elinor Heard said Ms O’Connor should have tackled domestic violence closer to home.

“It is truly surprising that any politician or public commentator would feel the need to participate in a celebrity lawsuit between American actors and millionaires and see it as a problem beyond the chronic crisis of family violence in our communities, which takes place every day of the week,” she told the Mercury

Social media users also lashed out at the Greens leader, questioning why she chose to participate in a foreign lawsuit.

Tasmanian greens leader Cassy O’Connor decides defending Johnny Depp is the hill she wants to die on,” one wrote.

Another added: ‘You are an MP. You do not need to comment on the outcome of controversial SP cases in other countries. Get a grip.’

Daily Mail Australia contacted Ms O’Connor for comment.

Ms O'Connor claimed Heard was 'not the victim' and instead included a 'serial liar' and 'perpetrator'

Ms O’Connor claimed Heard was ‘not the victim’ and instead included a ‘serial liar’ and ‘perpetrator’

Heard, meanwhile, won just one of her three claims in a counter-charge, which involved statements from Depp's attorney suggesting that she and friends vandalized their apartment before calling police.

Heard, meanwhile, won just one of her three claims in a counter-charge, which involved statements from Depp’s attorney suggesting that she and friends vandalized their apartment before calling police.

After less than three days of deliberation, the jury ruled in favor of all three of Depp’s defamation claims against Heard, finding that she had falsely accused him of domestic violence.

The actor was awarded $15 million – $10 million in compensation and $5 million in punitive damages.

Heard, meanwhile, won just one of her three claims in a counter-charge, which involved statements from Depp’s attorney suggesting that she and friends had vandalized their apartment before calling police.

She was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages out of the $100 million she claimed in her counterclaim against her ex-husband and received zero dollars in punitive damages.

The judge later reduced Depp’s damages from $5 million to Virginia’s maximum of $350,000, bringing Depp’s total down to $10.35 million — minus the $2 million he had to pay Heard.

Depp walks away from the case with $8.35 million.

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