It comes after an audio clip of Amber’s testimony detailing her violent sexual assault accusations against Johnny circulated online and was described as “every woman’s fantasy”.
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp are currently embroiled in an incredibly public court battle after he filed a defamation lawsuit against her for writing an op-ed for the Washington Post in 2018.
In her article, Heard detailed her experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse, and while she did not name Depp, her ex-husband, by name, her legal team argued that it was heavily implied that he was the abuser.
Depp has denied abusing Heard and has claimed that he lost film deals as a direct result of his op-ed. She countersued him for $100 million, and the case went to trial last month.
Throughout her testimony, Heard has accused Depp of physically, sexually and emotionally abusing her since 2012, recounting some of the alleged encounters in extreme detail.
Depp denied her claims during his four-day testimony and accused her of being the aggressor in their relationship.
The trial is taking place in Virginia, and the state’s laws allowing the court to be broadcast live and viewed by the public has ensured it a captive audience around the world.
Indeed, the accessibility of the trial has come under scrutiny in recent weeks after it was revealed that social media users are taking audio snippets of Heard’s tearful testimonies and turning them into viral sounds for comedy videos on TikTok. .
Depp supporters have also been creating memes from the endless images provided to them, with the argument being made that the gravity of Heard’s accusations is being completely overshadowed and instead being publicly ridiculed.
As well as appearing in court to share their support for Depp, his fans have rallied on social media in his defence.
Part of Heard’s testimony detailing her sexual assault allegations against Depp triggered an outpouring of reactions on TikTok from her followers, who claimed the alleged abuse she described was “every woman’s fantasy.”
TikTok has since removed this particular audio from the app, but other parts of his testimonial remain available for users to post videos, with several clips going viral.
Former NSYNC star Lance Bass is one of the users who created a video with these sounds and sparked a fierce backlash after he was accused of “mocking” domestic violence and sexual assault.
In the post, he said he was “reenacting Amber Heard’s testimony” while comically acting out what she described in her statement.
“I lost my balance, right now we’re sitting next to each other on the edge of the couch, I was on the edge of the couch,” Heard can be heard saying as Lance maneuvers theatrically around a couch.
“I was sitting there on this rug, looking at this dirty rug, wondering how I ended up on this rug and why I never realized the rug was so dirty before,” Heard continues. “I didn’t know what else to do, I didn’t know what to say, I didn’t know how to react.”
In the video, Lance has leaves thrown at him while lying on the floor, with the TikTok caption reading, “I’ve heard of dirty pop but dirty carpet… that’s new. 🤔”
“In honor of the trial starting again… I had to 👏 have to 👏 do it!” he added in the comments.
But this was not a sentiment that everyone agreed with, with one viewer commenting: “Mocking violence? Is it funny to you? And it wasn’t long before Lance’s video was circulating on social media as people reacted to his decision to do it.
“This trial is about domestic violence, emotional abuse and sexual assault. And this is what Lance Bass is choosing to do. These people are really determined to dissuade victims from coming forward again,” someone wrote.
The Rep Project acknowledged the broader problem with social media trends when it tweeted: “Mocking or downplaying domestic abuse and sexual assault is never okay, and it’s not just Lance Bass, but a worrying trend taking over social networks”.
Another wrote on Reddit: “What a pathetic loser. He’s seriously holding on to the last bits of relevance he can get from spending his time making misogynistic TikToks. Very sad.”
“This is disgusting and disturbing, and of course, this is exactly why Johnny Depp filed his libel suit in Virginia in the first place, over the live stream, so that fans and bots could participate in this campaign of emotional terrorism. and edit images to manipulate the public. opinion,” someone else suggested.
Lance has not commented on the backlash to his post, but the TikTok video has now been removed. Buzzfeed News has contacted its representative for comment.
In addition to memes and TikTok sounds, Depp’s followers also sparked controversy over the weekend when it was revealed that they had been bombarding his 22-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, with abusive comments on social media.
Lily-Rose hasn’t posted to her Instagram account since before the trial began, but her past posts have been flooded with messages demanding to know why she doesn’t publicly support her father.
Meanwhile, this is the second time Depp has taken domestic abuse claims to court. In 2018, he sued the British tabloid The Sun for defamation after he was called a “wife beater” in an article.
The case went to trial in 2020, with Heard testifying on behalf of The Sun and claiming that Depp had been abusive during their relationship. Depp ended up losing the case after a judge ruled that the Sun’s statement about him was correct.
Although Depp has already lost a court case over the allegations, the judge’s verdict was not grounds for dismissing his second lawsuit against Heard, as he had filed a lawsuit against the publication, not her.
The current trial was scheduled to end on Thursday, but due to a significant amount of evidence that has yet to be presented, it has been extended until May 27, when the jury will consider its verdict.