Last week, following a long six weeks that had Johnny Depp and Amber Heard battling in court over defamation claims, the jury made a decision on Wednesday. The trial shook out overwhelmingly in the Pirates of the Caribbean actor’s favor, rewarding him $15 million in compensatory and punitive damages from Heard, where heard was awarded $2 million for her counter claims. In light of the decision, Depp has taken to social media to share a message thanking fans, and showing us rare footage from recent weeks.
Johnny Depp took to social media to share his first ever TikTok, which includes the actor being driven to court, greeted by fans with signs and playing music on stage alongside a heartfelt message. Take a look:
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To all of my most treasured, loyal and unwavering supporters. We’ve been everywhere together, we have seen everything together. We have walked the same road together. We did the right thing together, all because you cared. And now, we will all move forward together. You are, as always, my employers and once again I am whittled down to no way to say thank you, other than just by saying thank you. So, thank you. My love & respect, JD
In the video soundtracked by a ska jam by DubDub, Johnny Depp can be seen waving to a drove of fans as he enters the courtroom. Also, the video shows video of the actor recently playing at Jeff Beck’s shows at Royal Albert Hall in London.
In the caption, Depp gives an additional shoutout to his “most treasured, loyal and unwavering supporters,” thanking them with his “love & respect.” He called his fans his “employers” and said they have been through “everything together.” Following his defamation trial, where he alleged Amber Heard’s abuse claims set back his career. Following the verdict last week, he previously shared that he feels the jury gave him his “life back” and he feels “at peace” knowing he’s revealed the “truth” through the case.
Ahead of posting the TikTok, Johnny Depp joined the popular social media platform and quickly amassed millions of followers. In a matter of hours, that number jumped from 3.5 to 5 million followers, likely guided by his first post. The actor has titled himself an “occasional thespian” on the platform. Considering the trial was often trending on TikTok as well, if Depp uses the platform himself, it could prove to be a new way for the actor to connect with these fans.
Along with Johnny Depp’s big win, the highly-publicized trial also boasted the profile of one of his attorneys in particular, Camille Vasquez, who is reportedly being circled by talent agents after she helped the actor win his defamation lawsuit. Following the verdict, it’s possible that Johnny Depp may turn a leaf in his career too, especially now that its been proven that his fanbase is quite strong behind him.
Amber Heard, on the other hand, is set to appear in next year’s upcoming DC movie, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom alongside Jason Momoa. She expressed disappointment about the ruling, calling it a “setback” for violence against women in court. We’ll keep you updated as more developments come regarding what’s next for Depp and Heard after their massive court trial.