Johnny Depp Won the Internet, But He May Not Have Charmed the Jury

  • There is no doubt that Johnny Depp has the support of the Internet in his libel suit against Amber Heard.
  • However, the same cannot be said of a jury.
  • While Depp fans online revel in his sarcasm and laughter, to a jury, he may not be quite as charming.

internet has leaned immensely in favor of Johnny Depp during her libel trial against Amber Heard, but a legal expert told Insider that the same can’t be said for a jury.

On TikTok, the hashtag #justiceforjohnnydepp has 7.1 billion views, while #amberheardisaliar it has 1.1 billion, and both are growing exponentially. The appetite for pro-Depp content is only increasing, with the running like jack sparrow trendmemes and fancams of Depp on the stand circulating, and jabs at Heard and theories about his tactics and motives being discussed wildly.

On a TikTok With over 5 million views posted by JessVal Ortiz, a popular creator with 7.6 million followers, on Wednesday, Depp can be seen giving a high five and receiving gifts from a mob of fans as he is led into court. Heard’s car, by contrast, has no windows rolled down, no crowds gathering, and a lone voice yelling the words “liar” and “narcissist.”

While anyone judging the case by internet reaction would think that Depp’s support was staunchly universal, the reality is that a jury is looking at the case through a very different lens.

Emily D. Baker, a former district attorney and now YouTuber who has been covering the trial extensively, told Insider that the jury has been instructed not to look up anything about the case on the internet, so she should make her decision based on what happens. in court alone. But fans still made their way to the courtroom and gather outside to catch a glimpse of their hero, which is likely to distract them. Hordes of Depp supporters also boo when Heard leaves each day.

“For me, those kinds of things cross the line,” Baker said. “What’s happening in court is happening in court, but I just don’t think there’s that need for vitriol outside of a courtroom.”

Baker said the jury might think similarly, which “may actually hurt Johnny Depp’s side.”

“If jurors walking out of court see people booing, I think that might make them more sympathetic to them,” he said.

Heard’s original article from 2018 made allegations of domestic abuse, which Depp said were defamatory. But if the piece were about what happens when women talk about powerful men, Baker says the jury might feel like they’re watching the story unfold in real time.

“That could affect their frame of mind where they’re like, ‘I’m watching this happen,'” Baker said. “It may be something in her mind that she says, you know, she wasn’t one hundred percent wrong in this article.”

While Depp is advertised on TikTok and Twitter and is “sassy” and praised for keeping his sense of humor. when you see him laughing to questions from Heard’s attorneys or to his testimony, a jury may not see it that way. For example, Depp answered questions from Heard’s attorney, Benjamin Rottenborn, with detectable sarcasm when he was on the stand. This was a huge hit on TikTok, but Baker says it’s possible a jury will see that he’s downplaying allegations of serious abuse.

“When he was saying ‘Yes, Mr. Rottenborn,’ and ‘I object to another, Mr. Rottenborn,’ and this kind of back and forth, finally the judge admonished him to finish,” Baker said. “The public might love it, the jury might find it very, very unpleasant.”

However, none of this will matter if winning the court case is not Depp’s ultimate goal. He may just want his version of events to come out to shake off the abuser label and get his career back on track. After all, “he paid tens of millions, I’m sure, in legal fees to bring his version of events to court,” Baker said. In the meantime, serious accusations are likely to surface continue to emerge in the next few weeks now I heard has begun to testify that could further shape the course of the trial.

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