Amber Heard has claimed that Depp, her ex-husband, physically and sexually abused her during their relationship; Depp has denied all allegations. A jury on June 1 found that the “Aquaman” actress defamed Depp in an op-ed about domestic violence published by The Washington Post in 2018, awarding Depp $15 million in damages.
“[MTV] you’re disgusting and clearly desperate!” Whitney said on her Instagram stories, Sunday evening. “I really hope that none of the people that made this call have daughters.”
She added the hashtags #IStandWithAmberHeard and #DVMAs, an apparent reference to domestic violence.
Depp made a surprise appearance as the “Moon Person” award (formerly known as the “Moon Man” award) during the show. In a pre-recorded bit, the actor’s face was digitally superimposed into the helmet of the floating figure, People magazine reported.
Whitney notably testified on behalf of her sister during the highly publicized six-week-long defamation trial, in part accusing Depp of smacking Amber in the face during an alleged 2015 incident in the couple’s penthouse.
“He called her a ‘used-up trash bag,’ she called him ‘old and fat,’” Whitney recalled of the alleged incident. Then, Depp allegedly hit Whitney in the back, sparking Amber to “land one” on the actor, Whitney said. In response, Depp allegedly repeatedly smacked Amber in the face, the sister added.
During the intense trial, Amber Heard detailed serious allegations of abuse at the hands of Depp, including a rape with a possibly broken Maker’s Mark bottle. Depp and his legal team told the jury that Amber Heard perpetrated a #MeToo hoax to take from Depp and also to punish him for leaving her.
During closing arguments, Depp attorney Camille Vasquez said that Amber Heard “gave the performance of her life.”
“She came into this courtroom prepared to give the performance of her life, and she gave it,” Vasquez said. “Ms. Heard’s acting coach, Kristina Sexton, testified that Ms. Heard has difficulty crying when she is acting. You saw it, Ms. Heard sobbing without tears while spinning elaborate, exaggerated, fantastical accounts of abuse.”
“It was a performance,” the attorney told the jury. “She told you what she thinks you need to hear to convict this man as a domestic abuser and a rapist. She wants you to believe she was abused countless times. Countless times over the entire course of their relationship. But as Mr. [Ben] Chew and I promised you, the evidence just does not bear that out.”