Amber Heard's sister Whitney SLAMS Johnny Depp's MTV cameo

Amber Heard's sister Whitney SLAMS Johnny Depp's MTV cameo

08/29/2022

‘Disgusting and clearly desperate!’ Amber Heard’s sister Whitney SLAMS Johnny Depp and MTV after his bizarre appearance at the VMAs following ugly defamation trial

  • Amber Heard’s sister has reacted angrily to MTV inviting Johnny Depp to the VMAs to make a cameo
  • The 59-year-old actor was shown hovering high above the stage as the network’s Moonman logo with only his face visible on a helmet
  • It marked his first major public appearance since his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber, 36 
  • Johnny was not actually in the suit, but his voice could be heard joking: ‘I needed the work’
  • The MTV Video Music Awards appearance was Johnny’s first major sighting on US television since he was a guest in 2017 on the Jimmy Kimmel Live talk show
  • It comes after the Depp v. Heard trial that was held in Fairfax County, Virginia from April to June this year
  • The jury found in favor of Johnny who was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages from Amber 

Amber Heard’s sister has slammed MTV for inviting Johnny Depp to their 2022 Video Music Awards in New Jersey last night, his first TV appearance since his ugly defamation trial. 

Whitney Heard took to social media to voice her anger, fuming on Instagram late Sunday evening: ‘@MTV you’re disgusting and clearly desperate! I really hope that none of the people that made this call have daughters.’

Whitney, 34, also shared another message on her Instagram Story that said ‘I stand with Amber Heard’ alongside a graphic that renamed the event the ‘DVMAs’ an apparent reference to domestic violence.’ 

Bizarre: Johnny Depp was seen flying into the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night in New Jersey in a bit that was pre-recorded

The pre-recorded bit showed Depp, 59, dressed up as the music channel’s iconic Moonman logo in his first major TV appearance since his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.

Depp – whose face appeared to be superimposed in the space suit – could be heard in a voice over saying: ‘I just want you guys to know that I’m available for birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, wakes, any old thing you need.’

Alluding to his drama with his ex-wife Heard, 36, that he claims caused him to lose out on film roles, the embattled actor joked: ‘And you know what? I needed the work.’

Amber’s sister Whitney wasn’t the only one that took issue with the bit, as one person raged on Twitter, ‘MTV is so disgusting for this Johnny Depp s***,’ while another wrote: ‘Man f*** MTV for giving Johnny Depp a platform.’

The MTV Video Music Awards appearance was Johnny’s first major sighting on US television since he was a guest in 2017 on the Jimmy Kimmel Live talk show. 

Depp made a few appearances throughout the awards show broadcast from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

‘VMAs let’s get back to the f***ing music, shall we,’ he also said at one point from the spacesuit. 

Making an appearance: Johnny’s face appeared to superimposed into the Moonman, as his voiceover could be heard on the show 

High above: The 59-year-old actor was shown hovering high above the stage as the network’s Moonman logo with only his face visible on a helmet

Social media: Johnny, shown in September 2021 in France, also shared a clip of the video on Instagram

Depp sued his ex-wife Amber in February 2019 over her December 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post and she countersued him in August 2020.

The Depp v. Heard trial was held in Fairfax County, Virginia from April 2022 to June 2022 and its livestream was widely watched and generated heavy traffic on social media.

The bombshell trial included testimony on the witness stand from both Depp and Heard who provided details into their fairytale romance that turned into a disastrous marriage with both accusing each other of abuse.


Giving testimony: Amber Heard is shown in May giving testimony in the explosive Depp v. Heard defamation trial in Virginia

Images were shown of Depp pouring himself what Heard’s attorney described as a ‘mega pint of red wine’ while smashing up his kitchen, photos of poop on Depp’s bed that he claimed were Heard’s as well as messages from Depp to his friend, British actor Paul Bettany, in which Depp wrote: ‘Let’s Burn Amber.’

In another message Depp wrote: ‘I will f*** her burnt corpse afterward to make sure she is dead.

Heard during her emotional testimony described Depp as a violent and jealous man and said his jealousy toward actor James Franco was the reason he flew into a rage on board a Boston to Los Angeles flight when he allegedly kicked Heard in the back.

Live trial: Heard, shown in April in Fairfax County Circuit Court, during her emotional testimony described Depp as a violent and jealous man and said his jealousy toward actor James Franco was the reason he flew into a rage on board a Boston to Los Angeles flight when he allegedly kicked Heard in the back

The text Depp sent to Bettany saying ‘let’s burn Amber’ was because he suspected she was having an affair with Franco, the jury was told. 

The jury found in favor of Depp who was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages from Heard. 

The punitive damages were later lowered to $350,000 due to a limit imposed by Virginia state law.

Public trial: Depp sued his ex-wife Heard, shown together in October 2015 in London, in February 2019 over her December 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post and she countersued him in August 2020

Depp over his long career has won five MTV Movie Awards, including Best Male Performance, Best Villain, Global Superstar and the Generation Award in 2012.

His appearance at the 2022 VMAs was met with mixed reactions on social media.

Some users on Twitter loved seeing him again and appreciated his self-deprecating sense of humor.

Others, however, thought MTV made a ‘poor decision’ and one tweet criticized Johnny for engaging in a ‘humiliation ritual to be accepted back into Hollywood.’

Mixed reactions: The actor’s appearance at the 2022 VMAs was met with mixed reactions on social media with some happy to see him

Clever guy: A tweet praised Johnny for his ‘extremely clever’ choice of words

Poor decision: Another Twitter user thought Johnny as Moonman was a ‘poor decision’

Humiliation ritual: Johnny’s comeback was viewed by a Twitter user as an embarrassing ‘humiliation ritual to be accepted back into Hollywood’

Radio producer Shem tweeted out, ‘Having Johnny Depp be the #VMAs Moon man is certainly a choice.’

The holographic nature of Depp’s appearance prompted one Twitter user to guess that Meta was evolved.

‘Johnny Depp saying “Hey, I needed the work” was pretty funny, but you gotta be read well into the Depp drama to know what it’s about. That said, kudos to the #VMAs for giving a defamed man a chance to be back in the limelight. I’m guessing his check for this came from @Meta,’ the tweet read.

A choice: Radio producer Shem tweeted out, ‘Having Johnny Depp be the #VMAs Moon man is certainly a choice’

Meta reference: ‘Johnny Depp saying “Hey, I needed the work” was pretty funny, but you gotta be read well into the Depp drama to know what it’s about. That said, kudos to the #VMAs for giving a defamed man a chance to be back in the limelight. I’m guessing his check for this came from @Meta,’ another tweet read

Depp will be making his return to acting in the upcoming period piece Jeanne du Barry that began filming last month in France.

Images were shared earlier this month of Depp as his character King Louis XIV in the film directed by French director Maïwenn, 46, who also stars in the movie.

Depp also will direct an upcoming film about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, co-produced by Al Pacino and Barry Navidi.

Acting return: Depp, shown in May 2017 in Los Angeles, will be making his return to acting in the upcoming period piece Jeanne du Barry that began filming last month in France

‘It’s a setback for women’ Amber Heard’s full statement after verdict  

The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband.

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.

I believe Johnny’s attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK.

I’m sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly.

 

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