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Scalpers sell Depp v. Heard court access on the “black market”

You haven’t heard enough.

Fans desperate for access to the Fairfax, Virginia courtroom where Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are being held in a heated libel trial have forked over thousands for a coveted seat. But now they’re even buying from scalpers on the “black market,” according to TMZ, turning the ordered waiting game into free play for everyone.

Court officials have a limited number of wristbands to hand out – 100 for the main courtroom and another 100 to 150 for the overflow room – but many fans don’t make it. TMZ reported that people engaged in shouting fights when others interrupted them in line, and there’s even a “black market” for bracelets, with people offering cash to buy a front-row seat.

Many of the fans are rabid supporters of Depp, 58, according to TMZ, who also has hordes of fans on social media taking his side and scolding Heard, 36.

Since the trial began, fans have camped outside the courthouse and queued in hopes of witnessing the proceedings in person.

Fans at the Depp vs. Heard trial
According to TMZ, some fans started fighting over bracelets.
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Dork fans
Depp’s fans lined up the night before to secure a seat in the courtroom.
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People began queuing at 10 p.m. Sunday before the 9 a.m. start time Monday, the day Heard took the witness stand for the second time.

But fans may have taken their luck a little too far, urging the sheriff to put up a sign that reads, “Starting now, viewers of the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard cases are allowed before 1 am.”

When the process began, fans started as early as 1am with a single file line to secure a prime seat. Some even spent thousands of dollars on plane tickets and other expenses, traveling from across the country and the world just to see Depp in person.

Ivan De Booer, a 59-year-old super fan of Depp, said she used a paid annual leave to come to the trial from Los Angeles to support Depp and even more than $30,000 in expenses as of last week issued.

“I took my whole year off so I could be here for Johnny,” she told People. “I’m the same age as Johnny. I’m single, so basically I do what I want.”

Fans line up to show their support
Fans traveled from all over the country and even the world to see the process in person.
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Despite spending all the money and free time, she has “no regrets” and says she would “regret it more” if she weren’t there.

Depp is currently suing Heard for defamation, alleging that her Washington Post op-ed, in which she described herself as a “public figure who advocates domestic violence,” alluded to him. He is demanding $50 million over the damage to his reputation and career. Heard is suing him for $100 million.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/18/scalpers-are-selling-depp-v-heard-court-access-on-black-market/ Scalpers sell Depp v. Heard court access on the “black market”

Dais Johnston

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