Depp opened his Tiktok account on Tuesday, and within a day had picked up over 8 million followers. His single video gained over 16 million views in the same time period, however, almost instantly following the account’s creation, Heard released a statement ripping into Depp and the jury’s verdict in the recent defamation trial. In her statement, Heard’s spokesperson said:
“As Johnny Depp says he’s ‘moving forward,’ women’s rights are moving backward. The verdict’s message to victims of domestic violence is… be afraid to stand up and speak out.”
In the days since the trial, the fallout of the public spectacle has continued, with Heard now said to be appealing the court’s ruling. Heard also continues to state her claim that Johnny Depp has been allowed to cajole the public and jury based on his “power, influence and sway.” Depp, in the meantime, has been appearing with singer Jeff Beck on a U.K. tour and has announced that they will be recording an album together soon.
Amber Heard Has Continued to Claim the Trial Has Hurt Women Everywhere
One of Amber Heard’s biggest mandates throughout the trial was that it should be known she was speaking out on behalf of every woman who has been abused by a man, and following the jury’s verdict that Johnny Depp was defamed by the actress multiple times, while they found Heard to have been defamed in one instance, she has called it “setting the clock back” on the way abused women are seen. In a previous statement, she said:
“I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. 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.”
However, when it comes to public opinion, it is clear that the jury were not the only ones to be less than convinced by all of Heard’s evidence and expert testimonies. While Heard does have supporters, including Kathy Griffin and Amy Schumer, who have both spoken out in support of the Aquaman star, Depp appears to have supporters in droves wanting to have it known that they believe and stand by him. If social media is the best way to gauge celebrity popularity, then Depp’s launch of his TikTok account speaks volumes about the support he has behind him.