7 latest updates on Johnny Depp-Amber Heard: Amul, Chris Rock, Jennifer Grey, Instagram
While no court developments have taken place in the Depp-Heard trial, celebrities have begun picking sides and Johnny's Instagram followers have risen.
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The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial has been creating waves since the beginning. The bombshell trial has divided viewers across the world and as all things do, led to a plethora of jokes and controversies.
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp. Photo: AP (L) and Reuters (R)
Here is the latest on Johnny Depp and Amber Heard:
1. CHRIS ROCK PICKS A SIDE
Comedian Chris Rock who was recently embroiled in the Oscars 2022 controversy cracked a joke on Amber Heard during a comedy show in London on May 12.
Chris didn’t shy and took direct shots at Amber and the ongoing trial. "Believe all women, believe all women … except Amber Heard. What the f*** is she on? She s*** in his bed! She’s fine, but she’s not s****** fine. She s*** in his bed. Once you s*** in someone’s bed, you just guilty of everything. … What the f*** is going on there? Wow. And they had a relationship after that. It must be amazing p****. … I’ve been with some crazy b****** but goddammit," said the comedian.
Chris Rock. Photo: Reuters
2. SNL DOES WHAT SNL DOES BEST
And that is…mock the ongoing trial through a sketch. On May 14, Saturday Night Live enacted a sketch, mocking the world’s fascination with the case's embarrassing details of the "cuckoo trial" (particularly over Depp’s testimony of discovering human fecal matter on his bed).
The sketch featured Kyle Mooney as Depp, Cecily Strong as the judge, Heidi Gardner as Heard’s attorney and Aidy Bryant as Depp’s attorney. Aidy begins the sketch by saying that Depp’s team has a surveillance video of Depp's house staff "discovering the alleged fecal matter on the bed".
While this is objected to Heard’s lawyer, the judge overrules the objection by saying, "This sounds like fun and this entire trial is for fun."
Midway, the judge asks Depp, "Mr Depp are you finding this trial amusing?" to which Depp replies, "A little, yes."
Check out the full sketch here:
Unearthed surveillance from the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp trial pic.twitter.com/DFdtE5uarV— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) May 15, 2022
Neither Depp nor Heard’s teams have yet commented on the sketch.
But fans are not impressed with SNL’s sketch. Here is what a few people are saying:
- DISGUSTING AND DESPERATE
did SNL really do a Johnny depp/ amber heard skit? that’s actually disgusting and desperate.— anu (@AnuheaNihipali) May 15, 2022
- UN-SERIOUS ATTITUDE
When #amberheard came out with her allegations, it was treated seriously.Now that it looks like #JohnnyDepp is the victim, it's "rich white people be crazy ?"Not very cool snl...#JusticeForJohhnyDepp #JohnnyDeppVsAmberHeardTrial https://t.co/HfTrvMyS4m— Dac-attack (@YMdac92) May 15, 2022
- LITTLE REGARD FOR SURVIVORS
It’s been nearly 24 hours and I’m still sick to my stomach that @nbcsnl did a cold open making light of the Amber Heard/Johnny Depp trial.This isn’t a joke, it’s a story of horrific abuse and just shows how little regard we have for survivors.— Katrina Bleckley (@katrinableckley) May 16, 2022
3. JOHNNY’S INSTA FOLLOWERS RISE
While the actor already has a massive global fan following, his Instagram following has seen a major spike since the beginning of his and Amber Heard's defamation trial. Before the beginning of the trial, Johnny had about 5.9 million Instagram followers.
As of May 16, Depp's follower count stands at 17.1 million (and counting).
Photo: Instagram/Johnny Depp
4. JULIA FOX WEIGHS IN
Julia Fox. Photo: Reuters
Known for her pronunciation of Uncut Gems and being Kanye West’s (Ye) ex, Julia Fox has shown support for Amber Heard in an Instagram comment.
The Italian-American actress and model wrote, "Wrong. She never had the power in the relationship to be abusive to him. Did she hit him? Yes. Was it abuse? No. You need to have power to be able to be abuse it. She was 25. He clearly was always way more powerful including physically and financially."
5. JENNIFER GREY SAYS THE TRIAL BREAKS HER HEART
Dirty Dancing alum and Johnny Depp’s ex-fiancée, Jennifer Grey (the pair were briefly engaged during their 9-month relationship in 1989) has weighed in on the ongoing trial.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Grey called the trial 'sad'. “All I can say about that trial is that it breaks my heart for everybody involved. I just think it's sad and I wish it was resolved and I just wish everybody well.”
Jennifer Grey. Photo: Reuters
Grey also described 1989 Depp as "sweet, and loving, and romantic, and crazy about me, and beautiful" in the same interview.
6. IS JOHNNY HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH HIS ATTORNEY?
After eagle-eyed fans noticed Depp’s warm behaviour towards his attorney, Camille Vasquez, a litigation associate at Brown Rudnick, rumours began that Depp is dating Vasquez. Numerous TikTok videos, by fans, have emerged that are 'shipping' the couple together.
Raise your hand if you stand with Camille Vasquez and Johnny Depp….the winning team. ?? pic.twitter.com/IBMyEUtWXE— Xay ♋️?? (@realXanderXjork) May 5, 2022
But TMZ has clarified and shut down those rumours. Sources connected to Vasquez told TMZ that these rumours are only ‘fan fiction from social media’ and that Vasquez is currently dating a British real estate agent for several months.
Sources also told TMZ that everyone on Depp’s legal team is “buttoned up and they all are very close to their client -- it's become both a professional relationship and a friendship."
7. AMUL SAYS 'DEPP YOUR KNIFE IN'
Similar to SNL, Amul isn’t letting this opportunity go. Known for its comical yet lovable topicals, Amul released a doodle of Heard and Depp on each side, mid-testimony.
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The caption on top reads, "Too much seen and Heard?" and in the end says, "Depp your knife in." While SNL has received backlash for its sketch, Amul has been lauded for its word play on its Instagram page.
One user also asked someone to award Amul’s marketing team.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's much-publicised trial will be resuming on May 16.