Johnny Depp DID support Amber Heard after The Fappening scandal saw nude pics of actress leaked

Johnny Depp DID support Amber Heard after The Fappening scandal saw nude pics of actress leaked
Amber Heard photographed at Red Studios on January 7, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. (Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for The Art of Elysium)

Years before Amber Heard faced trial over a defamation lawsuit from her ex-husband Johnny Depp, she was the victim of a nude photo leak that affected several Hollywood A-listers.

Last month, a Virginia-based jury ruled overwhelmingly in Depp's favor and awarded him more than $10 million in damages after deciding that Heard defamed him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed about becoming a "public figure representing domestic abuse." While she did not mention Depp in the essay, his lawyers argued that the implications were obvious and damaged their client's career. The seven-member jury also awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages on one of her three defamation counterclaims.


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Rewinding back to 2014, Heard became the victim of a Hollywood hacking -- popularly known as the Fappening scandal -- that saw her explicit photos released on social media. There were many notable figures who were victimized by the hack, including Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Jennifer Lawrence, and Vanessa Hudgens to name a few. Aside from Heard's nude pictures, there were also a few involving Depp in a compromising situation. The images were leaked over the Labor Day weekend that year as hundreds of nude snaps featuring Hollywood celebrities were stolen from their private cloud servers and uploaded online. The FBI launched an investigation as soon as the photo dump was unleashed to the public.

Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014, in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

The scandal took place shortly after Depp and Heard got engaged in 2014. As reported by the New York Daily News, the leaked photos and videos also showed Heard participating in an apparent threesome while smoking what looked like a bong. In another of the 50 rumored photos, Heard was seen holding a sign addressed to 'Tonto', a possible reference to Depp's character in 'The Lone Ranger.' What's more? The pictures reportedly also featured Depp and Heard performing an intimate bedroom scene from their first film 'The Rum Diary' in 2011.

During the defamation trial between Heard and Depp, it emerged that the actress told her nurse how her then-fiancé Depp failed to provide enough support in the hours following the nude photo leak in 2014. Jurors heard prerecorded testimony from Heard's former nurse, Erin Falati, who wrote in notes taken on September 22, 2014, hours after the leak the night before, that the actress was "agitated" and "screaming" in a highly anxious emotional state. "[Heard] crying and states she got into a verbal argument with fiance after RN departure," Falati, also known as Erin Boerum, wrote in her notes. "[Heard] states she feels fiance did not provide support."

Actress Amber Heard departs the Fairfax County Courthouse on June 1, 2022, in Fairfax, Virginia. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Falati wrote in her notes that she learned about the hack at 11 pm that day, as Heard told her she was "experiencing [a] high level of anxiety." When Falati arrived at Heard's residence, the actress was reportedly crying and "hyperverbal" before the nurse calmed her down through relaxation techniques. Falati wrote, however, that Depp was also present and offered support to his then-lover. "[Heard]'s fiance offered emotional support," the nurse noted. [Heard] able to calm self and agreed to journal thoughts as coping mechanism," she added.

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