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Emma Thompson Says Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard Trial Won’t ‘Derail’ MeToo Movement

Emma Thompson said Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard trial will not “derail” the MeToo movement.

The Oscar winner opened up about her views on the case during a recent appearance on BBC Radio 4 hour of the womanaddressing fears expressed by some that Depp’s win could result in women remaining silent on allegations of abuse.

Thompson urged listeners to point out that the case was not “representative” of MeToo.

When asked if the trial signals the end of the MeToo movement, Thompson replied, “One of the things that’s very difficult to do is judge an issue, how it brings the MeToo issue to the fore when you dealing with very, very famous people. It’s a whole different thing.

“Actually, one of the big issues in this case is fame… and how people who are famous are treated differently and viewed differently.”

That love actually star continued, “I would say this isn’t going to derail the MeToo movement, but for it not to derail, we just have to keep talking.

“We have to keep talking and refuse to let it derail it with a case where two very, very, very famous people were blown beyond all human proportions by the press… it’s something that can’t be avoided.” ”

She added: “But a case where the two protagonists are so famous is not representative and it’s just very important to remember.

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“This movement, which is about human kindness, and which is really that simple and has been made so complicated, cannot and will not be derailed by a fall, and that’s actually not going to happen, it just isn’t going to happen.”

Thompson has long been a vocal supporter of the MeToo movement.

In a 2019 interview, Thompson criticized complaints from people that the movement made men unsure how to relate to women.

“Hurry up folks, this isn’t rocket science. They’re just being respectful and polite,” she said.

After his legal victory, Depp opened a TikTok account and shared a video message with fans. He gained over 10 million followers within 24 hours of posting the video.

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Last week (June 1) the jury announced their verdicts, finding that Heard defamed Depp on all three counts and awarded him $10m (£8m) in compensatory damages and $5m (£4m) in punitive damages. Heard was awarded $2m (£1.6m) in damages but no punitive damages.

Heard’s lawyer recently appeared on morning talk shows to say her client was unable to pay Depp’s $8.35million (£6.65million) in damages.

Pop star Billie Eilish recently referenced the Depp v. Heard trial, which she debuted during a performance in Manchester, in the lyrics to a new song.

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