A multi-million dollar defamation trial between former celebrities Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is currently underway. Johnny sued Amber for $50 million, claiming she hinted that he abused her during their marriage, which led to him losing work and social standing. Amber filed a counterclaim against her ex-husband for $100 million. At the ongoing trial in Virginia, Amber testified this week and several sources on social media have claimed that several parts of it were “copied” from films. We are checking if this is indeed the case. Read also: Johnny Depp laughs after Amber Heard auditioned that she “allowed him to take his shoes off”. Watch
On Friday, May 6, Amber took to the stage to testify at the trial, detailing the alleged abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-husband Johnny. Several critics claimed that Amber was “leading to the jury” and getting to work. Amid the allegations, a few social media users have claimed that part of Amber’s testimony where she spoke about Johnny Depp was ‘literally copied’ from The Talented Mr Ripley.
Several tweets claimed that she shares part of Amber’s testimony. The script was actually similar to a line from the 1999 movie, which starred Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Gwyneth Paltrow. One comparison account shared and wrote, “Check this out. Amber Heard on the podium yesterday and what she said compared to the lines in The Talented Mr Ripley. God smokes this is insane.”
In the movie, Marge (Gwyneth) talks about Dickie (Jude) with Ripley (Matt) and says, “The thing with Dick… it’s like the sun shines on you, and it’s great. And then he forgets about you and it’s so cold. When he gets his attention, you feel like you The only person in the world, which is why everyone loves him so much.” Social media users claimed that Amber used the same monologue in her testimony, replacing Dicky with Johnny.
The Hindustan Times were able to validate Amber’s testimony based on the live version available in the public domain to ensure the actor did not in fact steal lines from or quote from The Talented Mr Ripley. In fact, the above lines do not appear in her testimony anywhere. In parts of her testimony, her language and tone are similar to the said line. One of the specific statements in the testimony is that in which Amber claims, “When I was around Johnny I felt like the most beautiful person in the world – then he would be gone.” This is similar to the line from the movie but it’s not “literally ‘copy'” as claimed.
International fact-checking website Snopes and Newsweek conducted their own independent analysis of the testimony and came to the same conclusion. “The rumors that Amber Heard quoted The Talented Mr. Ripley in her testimony are false, and these terms were not spoken during her testimony,” Newsweek concluded.
Snopes analyzed other memes making the tour, which claimed the statement was made in Amber’s opening arguments. She found that “the meme says that the quote came from Heard’s ‘opening statement’. However, this is a peculiar claim in that it was Heard’s attorney, not Heard herself, who made the opening statement on her behalf.” Additionally, it stated that there was no video evidence of the actor who said the phrase was introduced.
The ongoing trial hinges on a 2018 article by Amber for the Washington Post. In it, Amber spoke about being a domestic violence survivor but did not mention Johnny’s name. Johnny claimed that the inclusion hurt his career. Over the next few years, the planned Pirates of the Caribbean, in which the actor was set to reprise his iconic role as Jack Sparrow, was put on hold. He was also replaced in the Fantastic Beasts film series by Mads Mikkelsen.
Johnny and Amber met while filming The Rum Diary. They married in 2015 but separated less than two years later. Amber alleged that she suffered physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her ex-husband. In response, Johnny denied all these charges adding that it was Amber who had offended him.