Following the outcome of his lawsuit against The Sun, Johnny Depp is being replaced on Fantastic Beasts. Dior however is not being influenced by the lawsuit.
Now, almost a month after he lost his libel case against The Sun, Dior has made the decision to keep him as the face of the campaign. The news brought joy to fans of Depp all over the world.
thank you so much @Dior for standing by Johnny Depp. this is how you treat abuse victims, by not punishing & abandoning them. it's wonderful to see that you guys believe & defend him, that means a lot. never give into the outrage. continue to protect him. #JusticeForJohnnyDepp 🖤 pic.twitter.com/ivzhlKMTUa
— renn 🌙♄ (@nebulasaturnia) November 28, 2020
Congratulations @Dior for keeping @johnnydepp as the face of your brand for the #Sauvage scent! You react well and remain strong! Glad to see there is finally #JusticeForJohnnyDepp ! All my support to #Dior ❤️ #WarnerBros should take example!
— Maxime Otte (@OtteMaxime) December 4, 2020
The case concerned an article by The Sun, whereby the newspaper called the actor a ‘wife beater’. A High Court judge found the claim ‘substantially true’ as, per his decision, Depp had hit his then-wife, Amber Heard, a total of 12 times. This is on the balance of probabilities, which is the civil, not the criminal standard.
As it is known, the criminal standard of proof is ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ which is what is needed to convict someone of a criminal offence. However, because this was a defamation case against an article, it was regarded as a civil one. This means that the judge only had to find that the actor had ‘more likely than not’ hit his wife.
The other side of the story
Fans have rejoiced around Dior’s decision, having expressed contempt over the judge’s findings. However, there are several recordings, pictures, as well as factual and character witnesses to suggest Heard could have been the abuser. Depp claimed he was merely acting in self-defence against his then-wife.
The recordings show Heard admitting to hitting Depp, creating physical fights, and complaining that the actor would not confront her when acting violently. She also says she was not ‘punching’ but only ‘hitting’ him and admitted to getting so angry that she can ‘lose it’.
The judge said (paragraph 175) the recordings were not accurate evidence as they were not said in a courtroom, where a witness swears to tell the truth under oath.
Character witnesses, including the mother of his children Vanessa Paradis, long-term partner Wynona Rider, and co-star Penelope Cruz testified on behalf of Depp. They all said Depp has never shown any signs of violence against them or anyone else.
Texts were shown to the court between Heard and her mother, during which Heard said Depp hadn’t acted violently towards her (paragraph 225). She then stated she lied in order to protect her mother, which the judge accepted as a valid reason (paragraph 225).
How have fans reacted?
The libel case caused Depp to lose his role on Fantastic Beasts, which further upset fans. This led to a petition calling for Heard to be fired from Aquaman 2 reaching over 1.5 million signatures.
Fans are praising Dior all over social media since they believe Depp to be the victim of domestic abuse. They also accused the film industry and the court system of enforcing a double standard against victims of domestic violence.
I don't believe at all that it would have been the same if it had been a woman, especially for this serious subject which is domestic violence. There was simply a double standard, as always. The victim, a man, was punished, which would never have happened to a woman.
— 🍩🍉M.G. Justice For Johnny Depp⚔🛡⚖ Waldman🎄🎅☃ (@mg_violette) December 2, 2020
They even went as far as to call for a boycott of Warner Bros.
plans for future:
– boycott Aquaman 2;
– boycott Fantastic Beast 3
– boycott WarnerBros
– boycott L'oreal
– buy Dior products pic.twitter.com/O8LYt3lNde
— Jedi Master Ashïa (@AshiaSature) December 4, 2020
Since warner bros has the audacity to fire Johnny depp only thing we can do is boycott Warner bros by not even watching their films or tv to make them lose their revenue if they still wont fire her.more money lost #AmberHeardIsAnAbuser
— zoro (@piratehuntero) December 1, 2020