In less than a few days, Johnny Depp has managed to garner millions of followers on TikTok all before posting his first video. Now, he’s using the platform to thank those who have supported him until this point.
Along with a few of his last few days driving to the courtroom, his adoring fans, and some clips of him playing a show with his band, Depp said he’s ready to move forward. He addressed his first TikTok “to all of my most treasured, loyal and unwavering supporters.”
Johnny Depp Joins TikTok and Amber Heard Has Something to Say About That
“We’ve been everywhere together, we have seen everything together,” the actor wrote. “We have walked the same road together. We did the right thing together, all because you cared.”
As Depp continued, he added, “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 and respect, JD.”
The TikTok already has more than 2.3 million likes and more than 148,000 comments. Now, Amber Heard is making a statement of her own.
In a direct response to Depp’s TikTok, a spokesperson for Amber Heard issued the statement for the actress, People reports. “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.”
While a jury found that Heard had defamed Depp with her 2018 op-ed about domestic abuse that was published by The Washington Post, the actress says she plans to appeal the June 1 verdict. In her original statement following the verdict, Heard said, “I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. 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.”
In Depp’s original statement, he wrote that he believes he was given his “life back,” adding that the “best is yet to come.” It’s unclear when Heard will appeal this verdict.
In a unanimous, the jury found that Johnny Depp had proven defamation by Amber Heard on all three counts. In Heard’s counter lawsuit, the jury only found an issue with one of Heard’s claims, in which Depp’s lawyer claimed in 2020 that Heard and her friends conspired against Depp.
In the end, Depp was awarded $15 million in damages, which the judge capped at $10.325 million. And Heard was awarded $2 million.
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