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More than 130 academics including Gloria Steinem sign an open letter denouncing the “vilification” of Amber Heard.

Gloria Steinem, The judgement in the defamation case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has numerous intimate partner violence experts “very concerned.”

Wednesday saw the release of an open letter supporting Heard from Steinem and groups like the National Organization for Women, the National Women’s Law Center, Equality Now, and the Women’s March Foundation.

The open letter claims that “the vilification of Ms. Heard and continued online abuse of her and those who have shown support for her have been of an unparalleled fury and scale.” Disinformation, misogyny, biphobia, and a commercialised social media environment where a woman’s claims of domestic abuse and sexual assault were made fun of were major contributors to the harassment, according to the report.


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“The same misinformation and victim-blaming tropes are now being used against those who have reported abuse,” the signees continued.

Depp was given a favourable decision by the experts “a basic misperception about intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and how victims cope with it. We are really worried about the growing practise of using defamation lawsuits to intimidate and silence survivors.”

The open letter adds, “We oppose the public shaming of Amber Heard.”

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What transpired in the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard?

Depp confronted his ex-wife Amber Heard in court earlier this year after a bitter hearing in which he claimed Heard had defamed him in an opinion piece from December 2018. A Virginia jury gave him a more than $10 million damages verdict in June. Heard’s countersuit was partially successful because the jury gave her a $2 million damage award.

During the trial’s compelling testimony, which was streamed live every day, Heard’s accusations of Depp’s abuse came to light again. Depp claimed that Heard had abused him but he had never done so.

“Heartbroken that the pile of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband,” Heard stated following the trial. It “turns the clock back to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out may be publicly embarrassed in humiliated,” she added, adding that this is another reason for concern.

She subsequently remarked in an interview with Savannah Guthrie for “Dateline” that “even someone who is sure I’m deserving of all this hate and hostility, even if you think that I’m lying, you still couldn’t look me in the eye and tell me that you think on social media there’s been a fair portrayal.” “You cannot claim to believe that this has been fair,” I said.

When the verdict was announced in court, Depp was not present, but his attorney Camille Vasquez told Savannah Guthrie on “Today” that the actor felt “huge relief.”

I haven’t seen Johnny smile like that in six years, a mutual acquaintance of the lawyer and Depp’s claimed.

As in this case, she continued, “We encourage all victims to come forward and have their day in court.”

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