It is clear that Johnny Depp clearly understands the power of social media, especially since he rushed to open his TikTok account, breaking a record within a day of his first post. However, his attorneys decided to reject the notion that the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor's strength had any impact on the verdict.
Instead, both lawyers claimed that it was Amber Heard's testimony what ultimately hurt her with the jury. Camille Vasquez – just after being promoted to partner in her law firm – and Ben Chew had a sitdown with George Stephanopoulos on ABC, and revealed that their strategy was to use Amber's own words against her.
According to Camille Vasquez, who immediately became the superstar of the infamous trial derived from the legal battle between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, they carefully crafted their questions based on her previous testimony. In fact, Vasquez is convinced that it showed the jury all it needed to know about Amber.
On the other hand, on Team Amber's claim, the jury was completely influenced by the overwhelming support that was shown for Johnny on social media. Including TikTok, which Johnny Depp joined on Tuesday. Ben Chew claims it “played no role whatsoever,” and the jury was able to reach the verdict purely based on the evidence presented by both sides.
In case you don't remember, the jury for this trial was not sequestered, and the criticism is it would've been impossible for them to avoid the flood of posts supporting Johnny Depp on social media, and those who were specifically attacking Amber Heard.
As for those commentary who pointed out that the verdict in Johnny Depp's favor was ultimately a setback for the #MeToo movement, Camille Vasquez shot down the idea. She said “we encourage any victim to come forward. Domestic violence doesn't have a gender.” And she continued adding: “the facts are what they were. The jury made a unanimous decision based on those facts.”
But Chew and Vasquez, as they showed in the trial, masterfully skirted a question about the possibility of Johnny Depp striking a deal, which would let Amber Heard off the hook for the $8.35 million judgment; and she would not file an appeal, as she's claimed she intends to do.
Their answer to this was very curious indeed, as Ben Chew cited attorney-client privilege, but he also said that Johnny Depp was never interested in getting money out of the case, and only wanted back his reputation.
While this is yet to be seen, Johnny Depp went on to open his TikTok account to thank his fans and coworkers on his first video posted. The 'Rango' actor, by entering the infamous video social media, broke a record and within a day of being active, he was able to amass more than 10 million followers, proving how much support the actor has out there.