A multimillion-dollar defamation trial between former celebrities Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is currently underway. Johnny sued Amber for $ 50 million, claiming she implied abusing her during their marriage, which led to her losing her job and social status. Amber sued her ex-husband for $ 100 million. At the ongoing trial in Virginia, Amber testified this week, and many sources on social media claimed that several parts were ‘dug up’ from the films. We are checking the fact whether this is indeed the case. Also read: Johnny Depp laughs after Amber Heard testified that she ‘let him take off his boots’. To watch
On Friday, May 6, Amber testified at trial, detailing the alleged abuse she suffered by her ex-husband Johnny. Several critics claimed that Amber ‘performed for the jury’ and acted. Amid these allegations, several social media users claimed that part of Amber’s testimony in which she spoke about Johnny Depp was ‘literally copied’ from the film The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Several tweets claimed to share part of Amber’s testimony. The text was indeed similar to a line from a 1999 film starring Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. One account shared a comparison and wrote, “Look at this. Amber Heard at the booth yesterday and what she said compared to the lyrics in The Talented Mr Ripley. God, this is CRAZY. ”
In the film, Marge (Gwyneth) talks about Dickie (Jude) with Ripley (Matt) and says, “The thing with Dicke… is like the sun shining on you, and it’s magnificent. And then he forgets you and gets very, very cold. When you have his attention, you feel like you are the only person in the world, that’s why everyone loves him so much. ” Social media users claimed that Amber used the same monologue in her testimony, replacing Dickie instead of Johnny.
The Hindustan Times was able to verify the facts of Amber’s testimony based on a live version and available in the public domain to determine that the actor did not actually steal the lines or quote The Talented Mr. Ripley. In fact, the lines mentioned are nowhere to be found in her testimony. In parts of her testimony, her language and tone are similar to the sentence mentioned. One specific statement in testimony is in which Amber claims, “When I was close to Johnny I felt like the most beautiful person in the world – then he would disappear.” This is similar to a verse from the film, but is not a ‘literally copy’ as claimed.
International fact-checking website Snopes and news magazine Newsweek also conducted their own independent analysis of testimony and came to the same conclusion. “The rumor that Amber Heard quoted the film The Talented Mr. Ripley in her testimony is false, and those phrases were not uttered during her testimony,” Newsweek concluded.
Snopes analyzed other memes working in the circle, who claimed that this statement was given in Amber’s introductory speech. It was found: “Meme says the quote came from Heard’s‘ introductory statement ’. However, this is a strange claim because Heard’s lawyer, not herself, gave the opening statement on her behalf. ” In addition, it is stated that no video evidence was presented that the actor uttered that phrase.
The ongoing trial depends on a 2018 newspaper article Amber wrote for the Washington Post. In it, Amber talked about surviving domestic abuse, but did not name Johnny. Johnny claimed the implication harmed his career. Over the next few years, the planned film Pirates of the Caribbean, in which the actor was to reprise his cult role of Jack Sparrow, was put on hold. He was also replaced by Mads Mikkelsen in the Fantastic Beasts film series.
Johnny and Amber met on set for The Rum Diary. They married in 2015, but divorced less than two years later. Amber claimed she suffered physical and sexual abuse from her ex-husband. In response, Johnny denied all those allegations, adding that Amber abused him.