Midst Johnny Depp and belongs to amber‘s defamation trial, celebrities have been keeping an eye on the court proceedings — and they haven’t been afraid to speak their minds.
Drew Barrymore made headlines after joking about the legal drama during her talk show. “It’s like one layer of madness, it’s a seven layered leap into madness. I know this is the real life of two people and I know what it’s like to go public with your life,” the 47-year-old 50 First Dates star said of the live-streaming process in April. “I understand all the sentiments, but they are actually offering that information.”
After receiving criticism on social media, the California native apologized to her followers for trying to add humor to the conversation.
“I’ve realized I’ve offended people by mocking Johnny Depp and Amber Heard and for that I just want to sincerely apologize and appreciate everyone who spoke up as this can be an educational moment for me and how I move forward and how I act,” Barrymore explained in an Instagram video in May. “I can be a more thoughtful and better person as I move forward because I just want to be a good person and I really appreciate the depth and I will grow and change from this and I continue to thank everyone who has helped me grow the way and teach me.”
The court case between Depp, 58, and Heard follows the Oscar nominee’s lawsuit against his ex-wife, 36, for defamation. The Kentucky native claims Heard’s 2018 comment about her history with abuse cost him his Hollywood career.
The former couple’s relationship first became a topic of conversation after they tied the knot in 2014. The activist filed for divorce after 15 months of marriage and obtained a restraining order against Depp after accusing him of domestic violence. For her part, the Pirates of the Caribbean star has denied the claims.
Following their 2016 divorce, Depp filed a defamation lawsuit against British newspaper The Sun for calling him a “wife beater” in a 2018 article. Two years later, the High Court of Justice ruled that The Sun’s article was not defamatory as Heard’s allegations were “essentially true”.
The actor has since addressed how Heard’s essay for The Washington Post affected his future. “It’s been six years of difficult times,” Depp said during testimony in April. “It’s quite strange, if one day you’re like Cinderella, then 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo. I didn’t deserve that, nor did my children and the people who believed in me over the years. I didn’t want any of those people to think I wronged them or lied to them or that I was a scammer. I pride myself on honesty.”
The Aquaman star, who is yet to comment, has reflected on her ups and downs with Depp ahead of the court case. “I never named him but wrote about the price women pay when speaking out against men in power,” she wrote via Instagram that same month. “I continue to pay that price but hopefully once this case is closed I can move on and so can Johnny. I have always maintained a love for Johnny and it pains me greatly to have to live out the details of our past life together around the world.”
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