Online, people took sides in an attempt to convince the public that one side was right and the other was wrong since there were many conflicting facts.
Evidence emerged of Depp displaying aggressive behavior and texting friends speaking of hypothetical violent scenarios. On the other side, audio recordings revealed Heard admitted to getting violent with Depp, and the Aquaman actress never donated her divorce settlement to charity as she pledged.
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A marriage counselor for the two testified there was "mutual abuse".
But as Depp was awarded $15 million in damages for the allegations made against him compared to Heard who only received $2 million for the allegations made against her through Depp’s lawyer, people wondered how the verdict would affect victims of domestic abuse in the future.
\u201cSpeaking entirely personally as a male victim of abuse, today's verdict isn't a 'win for abused men' but a chilling precedent that will prompt abusers to silence and punish survivors in defamation suits. Abused men and boys were already winning within #MeToo.\u201d
People have expressed fear that the Depp v. Heard case may set a precedent for accused abusers to file defamation suits against victims.
In an op-ed for the New York Times, journalist Michelle Goldberg wrote, "If Depp somehow prevails, one can expect similar lawsuits against other women who say they’ve survived abuse."
Goldberg cited Marilyn Manson's defamation suit against ex-fiancé Evan Rachel Wood and other accusers as an example.
But even for people who think Heard is lying about the alleged abuse, they fear the case has put a wrench in the MeToo movement. In their eyes, Heard has manipulated the public by using MeToo to garner support.
The movement was initially created to garner public support for people, specifically women, to speak out against powerful men who abused their power.
\u201cJD, never mentioned the #MeToo movement. AH did; she abused what the Movement is about & in the process tried to destroy another person. \n\nTake your shit to her. Not him.\n\nNot ALL Women are Victims. \nNot ALL Men Abuse. \n\n#AbuseHasNoGender #TeamJohnnyDepp\u201d
\u201cI would suggest that Amber Heard lying about physical/sexual abuse, faking bruises in photos as proven by metadata, perjuring herself, and publishing her lies is more dangerous for #MeToo than a jury finding that abuse victims can sue their abusers for defamation and win.\u201d