Amber Heard responded to Johnny Depp’s first TikTok, in which he bragged about stepping forward after their defamation lawsuit.
“As Johnny Depp says he’s ‘moving forward,’ women’s rights are moving backward,” a spokesperson for Heard said in a statement (via People).
“The verdict’s message to victims of domestic violence is…to be afraid to stand up and speak out.”
Heard, 36, also addressed the future of women’s rights in her immediate statement following her loss to Depp, 58, in court last week.
“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence is still not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence and sway of my ex-husband,” Heard said at the time.
“I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women,” she continued, calling the jury’s decision a “setback.”
“It takes the clock back to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It pushes back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.
She added: ‘I believe Johnny’s lawyers succeeded in ensuring that the jury overlooked the key issue of free speech and ignored the evidence which was so conclusive that we won in the UK.
“I am sad to have lost this case. But I’m even sadder to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly.
In his first TikTok post, Depp thanked fans for their support and emphasized his desire to put the lawsuit behind him.
“We have been everywhere together, we have seen everything together. We walked the same path together. We did the right thing together, all because you care,” he wrote.
“And now we will all move forward together. You are, as always, my employers and once again I am left with no way to thank you except by simply saying thank you. So thanks. My love and respect, JD.
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