During her defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp, a new report suggests that there was a widespread and coordinated campaign of targeted harassment against Amber Heard that went in her favor.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s high-profile defamation lawsuit received its verdict last month, mostly in Johnny’s favor. Now a report suggests that the hate messages against Amber on social media during the trial were a ‘coordinated campaign of widespread targeted harassment’ against the actor, which may or may not have been planned by Johnny. Also Read: Bar sells ‘Johnny Depp shots’ to male customers to make them feel ‘insecure or scared’
A court awarded $10.35 million in damages after a nearly seven-week trial in Virginia amid allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault after a jury found Amber Heard defamed on all counts. Amber was awarded $2 million in her countersuit because the jury found that Johnny had defamed her through his attorney.
While many believe bots were used to run an online hate campaign against Amber, Bot Sentinel founder Christopher Bouzi said there may be a “coordinated campaign of widespread targeted harassment” with real people behind the attacks, not bots.
He told CBS News, “It doesn’t mean a group of people working together in a small room, in some place in St. Petersburg. It could just be a bunch of people who are against Amber Heard, and they decide on another forum — whether it’s Switch or Discord or whatever — ‘We’re going to attack, let’s organize together.
He called it “one of the worst cases of cyberbullying and cyberstalking from a bunch of Twitter accounts that we’ve seen.” He said Twitter had not done enough to protect its users.
Post the verdict, Amber’s sister Whitney Heard wrote in her Instagram post, “I know what I saw and because the truth is always on your side. I’m very sorry that wasn’t reflected in this jury’s decision, but I will never give up on you and I will never give up on anyone who stands by you.
Recently, a Virginia judge rejected Amber’s demand for a new trial over the mistaken identity of a juror.
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