Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against Amber Heard has been the subject of endless scrutiny with dozens of courtroom moments going viral over the past few weeks.
the Aquaman The 36-year-old actress went to the stand last week and made explosive allegations of domestic abuse at the hands of her ex-husband, while Depp, 58, said he himself had been the victim of domestic violence in marriage.
Social media and stan culture have seen this process dominate discourse on platforms like Twitter and TikTok in recent weeks, with a number of theories circulating among fans and the general public.
Here are 8 theories about the Depp v. Trial. I heard it went viral.
A number of fans speculated whether Heard’s bruises were caused by an altercation with her ex-husband or not.
A photo of Heard apparently bruised in the days after the alleged assault was shown to the court which asked social media users if those bruises were caused by Botox or other cosmetic procedures.
An aesthetic doctor said it News Week: “Bruises can occur in a multitude of different patterns and can themselves vary over time in depth, color and distribution. It is therefore very difficult to give a solid opinion”.
For this trial, Heard donned a series of men’s suits with onlookers speculating she was copying her ex-husband’s tailoring choices.
On April 13, Heard wore a fitted double-breasted blazer and tie on the court. The tie featured a small bee embroidered on the front.
Funnily enough, Depp wore the exact same Gucci tie with the little bee embroidered earlier on the first day of the trial.
Others pointed out that Heard was wearing a gray suit and black shirt, which Depp had also previously worn.
A rumor that Heard used drugs while on the stand was also widely discussed on social media after a video of her sniffing a handkerchief went viral.
“Did anyone else hear Amber having a drink of Coke at the stand today?” read a tweet, which shared the clip with over 300,000 views.
Others have suggested that Heard had a substance on the fabric to make her cry.
This theory is impossible to prove and remains highly implausible.
Representatives heard declined to comment on this.
Another clip went viral of Heard on stage, with fans claiming the actress posed for a photo while holding a handkerchief to her face.
“Amber Heard literally poses for the camera with her handkerchief. You can’t make this bullshit up. #DeppVsHeard #johnnydepp,” reads the viral tweet.
This is also implausible and the flash is likely to come from the screen in front of her showing evidence.
Prosecutor Depp Superfan
A clip from TikTok speculating that one of Heard’s lawyers, Elaine Bredehoft, is a Depp superfan, has amassed 3.5 million views on the platform.
The rationale for this theory is that Bredehoft looks like a fan photographed at Depp’s premiere years ago.
Depp fans believe the actor quoted a line from Pirates of the Caribbean during his ex-wife’s testimony last week.
Heard testified that her ex allegedly had a “can of cocaine,” which drew smiles and laughs from Depp, who whispered something to his legal team. Viral footage shows he jokingly quoted a line from Pirates of the Caribbean on an “earthen pot”.
“The Talented Mr. Ripley”
A rumor spread like wildfire on social media last week that Heard was quoting lines from the 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley as he bears his testimony.
A tweet with thousands of likes showed a side-by-side comparison of the quote from the movie with a quote that purported to be lines from Heard’s testimony.
News Week can confirm, from a fact-checking analysis of Heard’s testimony, that he did not say the lines from the film.
Twitter users said evidence showed Heard’s parents, Paige Heard and David Heard, blamed their daughter’s lawyers for the domestic abuse allegations and sided with Depp.
A fact check of News Week found wrong.
While the text messages show David and Paige Heard had a good relationship with Depp, it was clarified that they had not turned their backs on their daughter. Heard’s parents had never badmouthed their daughter about Depp in text messages.
The trial continues next week.