Feminist group has issued an open letter in support of actress Amber Heard who lost a defamation lawsuit against her former husband Jonny Depp in year June.
According to the open letter first shared NBC News, More than 130 signatories including writer Gloria Steinem and other feminist organization such as National Organization for women and women’s and women’s march expressed their support for Heard and criticized the persecution he has suffered since his trial.
The letter was also signed by organizations concerned with sexual assault awareness and domestic abuse.
Letter Of Feminist Group Who Support Amber Heard
“Much of this harassment was fueled by disinformation, misogyny, biphobia and a monetized social media environment where a woman’s allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault were mocked for entertainment,” the letter said.
“The same disinformation and victim-blaming tropes are now being used against others who have alleged abuse.”
Heard has been subjected to a barrage of abuse and mockery, particularly on social media, where fans of Depp accused her of lying about being a survivor of domestic violence during her relationship with Depp. In 2017, the couple divorced.
Depp filed the defamation lawsuit in response to a Washington Post column in which Heard said she was a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
Heard did not name Depp, but Depp’s lawyers stated that the story referred to accusations made after their divorce.
After a seven-week trial, a Virginia jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages, which was ultimately lowered to $10.35 million.
Soon after the trial, Heard addressed the ruling. She stated in a statement that she is “disappointed with what this verdict means for other women”.
“It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously.”
Heard’s attorneys have filed an appeal. After a Depp attorney termed Heard’s abuse allegations a “hoax,” Depp filed an appeal against the $2 million jury award.
Meanwhile, Amber Heard’s contract with L’Oreal was canceled after she was fired from her part in Aquaman 2. Despite the fact that Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit is still continuing, a growing petition calling for Heard to be removed from her position in Aquaman 2 has nearly two million signatures.