Amber Heard faced ‘organized campaign’ of harassment during trial: report
During her libel trial against her ex-husband Johnny Depp, there was an organized campaign of widespread harassment directed at Amber Heard, which backfired, a new report suggests.
The high-profile defamation case involving Johnny Depp and Amber Heard received its sentence last month, mostly in favor of Johnny. Now, a report suggests that the hateful social media posts against Amber during the trial were an “organized campaign of widespread targeted harassment” against the actor, which may or may not have been planned by Johnny. Also read: Bar sells ‘Johnny Depp shots’ to male customers who feel ‘insecure or scared’
The court awarded $10.35 million in damages after a jury found Amber Heard defamed him on all counts following a nearly seven-week trial in Virginia amid allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault. Amber also received $2 million in her countersuit when the jury found that Johnny defamed her through her attorney.
While many believe the bots were used to run an online hate campaign against Amber, Bot Sentinel founder Christopher Bouzy said there could be an “organized campaign of widespread targeted harassment” with real people, not bots, behind the attacks.
He told CBS News: “It doesn’t necessarily mean that a group of people in a small room, somewhere in St. Petersburg, are working together. It could just be a group of people who are against Amber Heard, and they decide on another platform, whether it’s Switch or Discord or whatever, ‘let’s go attack, let’s coordinate together.
He also called it “one of the worst cases of cyberbullying and cyberbullying by a group of Twitter accounts that we have ever seen.” He added that Twitter did not do enough to protect its users.
After the trial, Amber’s sister, Whitney Heard, had written in an Instagram post to her: “I know what I saw and because the truth will always be on your side. I am very sorry that it was not reflected in the decision made by this jury, but I will never give up on you, and neither will anyone who is with you.”
Recently, a Virginia judge rejected Amber’s demand for a new trial for the mistaken identity of one of the jurors.
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