Dakota Johnson has revealed that she did not want to appear in the media storm surrounding the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard libel case.
During the trial, a 2015 clip in which Johnson appeared to be concerned about Depp’s bandaged finger during a press conference went viral. The video was titled, “The EXACT Moment Dakota Johnson KNEW Amber Heard Was Violent Toward Johnny Depp” and it received over 4 million views.
“Why am I involved in this?” Johnson said in an interview with Vanity Fair† “I don’t remember that at all, but please get me out. Don’t let this go any further.’
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Johnson said she disrespected the way the trial had been handled. “I can’t believe people are watching [the trial] like it’s a show. It’s like it’s a courtroom drama and it breaks my heart,” she said.
The libel suit was brought against Heard by Depp after she wrote an op-ed for the… Washington Post where she called herself a victim of domestic violence without explicitly mentioning her ex-husband. Depp later won the case.
While the decision was met with glee on some parts of the internet, there was also widespread dissatisfaction with the coverage of the trial.
Journalists such as Michael Hobbes have argued that the media frenzy has placed too much emphasis on “gotchas” and is undoing much of the work of the #MeToo movement.
In a piece entitled ‘The gloomy spectacle of the Amber Heard Case‘, he wrote, “The bad faith audit, the obsession with minor discrepancies, the confidence that huge conspiracies can be discovered on Google — is instantly recognizable from past explosions of misogyny enabled over the internet.”
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He explained how videos, such as the one featuring Johnson, drive true crime enthusiasts to engage in junk science, such as “body language exams,” and cause them to miss the big picture: Depp’s history of abuse, both on set and in. private situations.
In 2020, Depp lost a libel against British newspaper The sun after the judge declared the content of the article to be “substantially true” and found that 12 of the 14 alleged incidents of domestic violence had occurred. The article in question called Depp a “wife beater” and alleged that he had sexually assaulted Heard.
depp is currently being sued by a crew member who claims the actor punched and verbally abused him on set.
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