Taking to the app this week, Depp shared a message with “all of my most treasured, loyal and unwavering supporters,” essentially thanking them for their support amid his defamation trial against Amber Heard and her Washington Post op-ed where she wrote she was a victim of domestic abuse, despite never mentioning Depp by name.
“We did the right thing together, all because you cared,” Depp wrote for his first caption on the app. “And now, we will all move forward together. You are, as always, my employers and once again I am whittled down to no way to say thank you, other than just by saying thank you.”
As for the “move forward” comment, Heard’s team responded, and called the verdict in the trial—where he was awarded $10.35 million in damages and Heard $2 million—a setback.
“As Johnny Depp says he’s ‘moving forward,’ women’s rights are moving backward,” a spokesperson for the actress shared. “The verdict’s message to victims of domestic violence is … be afraid to stand up and speak out.”
Heard previously released a statement following the verdict last week, telling fans that she was “heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband.”
“I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women,” she shared on social media. “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. I believe Johnny’s attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK.”