In the wake of his victory in his defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard amid accusations of abuse, actor Johnny Depp has thanked his supporters in a brand-new, instantly viral TikTok video--and Heard isn't having any of it.
Depp joined TikTok just days ago and instantaneously had millions of followers before even posting a single video. In his first video, Depp spoke of "moving forward" now that the case is settled.
But Heard was quick to hit back at the sentiment, saying while he may be "moving forward," the verdict means that "women's rights are moving backward."
See Depp's TikTok below.
Along with video clips of him waving at fans while on tour with musician Jeff Beck, Depp included a grateful caption to his fans, which read:
"To all of my most treasured, loyal and unwavering supporters."
"We’ve been everywhere together, we have seen everything together. We have walked the same road together. We did the right thing together, all because you cared."
"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."
"So, thank you. My love & respect, JD"
In a statement, Heard pushed back hard on Depp's gushing post, underlining the gravity of the court case that ensued between them.
"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."
As during the trial, Depp's and Heard's words on the matter have become something of a media circus themselves. On social media, the general consensus has long seemed to be that Heard was lying about her allegations against Depp.
But analysis from a company that monitors social media disinformation found that the narrative has been heavily driven by fake accounts.
Whether social media's take on the Depp-Heard case was real or bot-fueled, the notion that Heard is the abuser only gained more momentum since she spoke out about his TikTok--the responses have overwhelmingly been smears of Heard.
But Heard was not without her supporters, and they were as disturbed by the response to her statement as they were to the campaigns against her during the trial.
The trial between Depp and Heard stemmed from an op-ed Heard wrote in The Washington Post in 2018 in which she addressed domestic abuse and sexual assault accusations widely believed to have been directed at Depp.
Depp sued for defamation and Heard countersued. After a six-week media circus of a trial, the jury sided mostly with Depp, and he was award $10.35 million in damages while Heard was awarded $2 million.
Heard called that victory, too, a "setback" to women's rights.