It comes after an audio clip of Amber’s testimony which detailed her violent sexual assault allegations against Johnny circulated online and was described as “every woman’s fantasy”.
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp are currently embroiled in an incredibly public court battle after they filed a libel suit against her for writing an op-ed for The Washington Post in 2018.
In her article, Heard detailed her experiences as a survivor of domestic violence, and although she did not name Depp, her ex-husband, by name, her legal team argued that he was heavily under -heard that he was the aggressor.
Depp denied being violent towards Heard and claimed he lost movie contracts as a direct result of his editorial. She counter-sued him for $100 million and the case went to trial last month.
Throughout her testimony, Heard accused Depp of physically, sexually and emotionally abusing her since 2012, recounting some of the alleged encounters in extreme detail.
Depp denied her claims during her four-day testimony and accused her of being the aggressor in their relationship.
The trial is being held in Virginia, and state laws that allow the court to be broadcast live and watched by the public have ensured it a captive audience across the world.
In fact, the accessibility of the trial has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks after social media users began taking audio snippets of Heard’s tearful testimony and turning them into viral sounds for videos. comedies on TikTok.
Depp supporters have also made memes out of the endless footage afforded to them, arguing that the seriousness of Heard’s allegations is completely overshadowed and turned into public ridicule.
In addition to showing up at the courthouse to share their support for Depp, his fans rallied on social media in his defense.
A portion of Heard’s testimony which detailed her sexual assault allegations against Depp sparked an outpouring of TikTok backlash from her followers, who claimed the alleged abuse she described was “every woman’s fantasy”. .
TikTok has since removed that particular audio from the app, but other parts of his testimonial remain available for users to post videos to – with several clips going viral.
Former NSYNC star Lance Bass is one of the users to create a video using this audio, and he faced backlash after being accused of making fun of domestic violence and sexual assaults.
In the post, he said he was “re-enacting Amber Heard’s testimony” as he comically enacted what she described in her statement.
“I’m losing my balance, at this point we’re sitting next to each other on the edge of the couch, I was on the edge of the couch,” can be heard saying as Lance theatrically maneuvers around of a sofa.
“I was just sitting there on this carpet, looking at this dirty carpet, wondering how I got on this carpet and why I had never noticed the carpet being so dirty before,” Heard continues. “I didn’t know what else to do, I didn’t know what to say, I didn’t know how to react.”
In the video, Lance gets thrown leaves as he lies on his floor, with the TikTok caption saying, “I’ve heard of dirty pop, but dirty carpet…it’s new. 🤔”
“In honor of the resumption of the trial… I had 👏 to 👏 do 👏!” he added in the comments.
But it wasn’t a sentiment everyone agreed with, with one viewer commenting, “Making fun of violence? Is it funny for you? and it wasn’t long before video of Lance was circulating on social media as people reacted to his decision to do so.
“This trial is about domestic violence, emotional abuse and sexual assault. And that’s what Lance Bass chose to do. These folks are truly committed to deterring victims from ever coming forward again,” someone wrote.
The Rep Project acknowledged the wider problem of social media trends, tweeting: “Making fun or shining a light on domestic violence and sexual assault is never okay – and that’s not just Lance Bass, but a disturbing trend taking over social media.”
Another wrote on Reddit: “What a pathetic loser. He’s seriously grasping at the last bits of relevance he can get by spending his time making misogynistic TikToks. Very sad.”
“It’s disgusting and disturbing – and of course that’s exactly why Johnny Depp filed his libel lawsuit in Virginia in the first place, for live streaming, so stans and bots can engage in this campaign of emotional terrorism and editing images to manipulate public opinion,” someone else suggested.
Lance did not comment on the backlash to his post, but the TikTok video has now been deleted. Buzzfeed News has reached out to their rep for comment.
In addition to memes and TikTok audio, Depp’s followers also sparked controversy over the weekend when it was revealed that they bombarded his 22-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, with abusive comments on social networks.
Lily-Rose hasn’t posted on her Instagram account since the trial began, but her old posts have been inundated with messages asking to know why she isn’t publicly supporting her father.
Meanwhile, this is the second time Depp has brought domestic abuse allegations to court. In 2018, he sued British tabloid The Sun for defamation after being branded a “wife beater” in an article.
The case went to trial in 2020, with Heard testifying in support of The Sun and claiming Depp had been violent throughout their relationship. Depp ended up losing the case after a judge ruled the Sun’s statement about him was correct.
Although Depp had already lost a lawsuit over the allegations, the judge’s verdict was not grounds to dismiss his second lawsuit against Heard because he had sued the publication, not her.
The current trial was due to end on Thursday, but due to a significant amount of evidence that has yet to be presented, it has been extended until May 27, when the jury will then consider their verdict.