Spectator show at trial of Johnny Deep and Amber Heard: Actor fans shout for seats
Spectators gather early each morning to get a wristband to attend the sensational trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Most are there to support Deep, but there are also those who support Heard though very few in number.
The 58-year-old actor is suing his ex-wife Amber Heard, 36, for defamation for an article she wrote in The Washington Post in 2018 saying she had become a public figure representing domestic abuse. Although she did not mention Depp's name, she had filed for divorce and a restraining order against him two years ago, claiming he had physically assaulted her. Depp has denied all allegations of abuse and said the writing has caused irreparable damage to his career.
Depp and Heard show up in the courtroom every day, making no eye contact and occasionally lowering their heads to talk to their lawyers. The courtroom is filled to capacity almost most of the day by Depp fans.
News cameras line up outside the front of the courthouse as photographers stand on the stairs near the back exit to catch Depp or Heard running away.
Observers line up long before sunrise to buy one of the 100 glowing hand straps available starting at 7 p.m. In the first week of the trial, a journalist arrived too late to enter the courtroom and offered $ 50 to a spectator for the wristband. The offer was rejected with contempt.
Edhe pse ka disa mbështetës të Heard, prezenca më e zhurmshme janë besnikët e Depp, të cilët kanë udhëtuar nga të gjitha anët. Disa kanë flamuj piratësh si shenjë për personazhin më të suksesshëm të Depp, kapitenin Jack Sparroë. Ata arrijnë atje herët për vendet e mira dhe nuk dalin nga ndërtesa për drekë, kështu që mund të marrin të njëjtat ndenjëse pas pushimit.
Heard, aktorja, e cila ka luajtur në filma si "Aquaman" dhe "Justice League", nuk është aq e njohur sa ish-bashkëshorti i saj. Avokatja e saj Christina Taft po përdor urrejtjen që aktorja merr në rrjetet sociale si strategji mbrojtëse. Ajo tregon se ka një vërshim komentesh brutale drejtuar aktores në mediat sociale që po ndikon te të gjithë njerëzit.
"She is a big victim of these online operations," Taft said. "And because of them, you can not support it because it is too targeted."