‘None of us are safe’: Julia Fox reveals why she backed Amber Heard during trial against Johnny Depp
Julia Fox claimed that if a 'blonde, gorgeous and successful' actress like Amber Heard could be abused, then none of them were safe
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: In relation to Amber Heard's contentious $100 million defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp, Julia Fox has explained why she felt obligated to defend the actress. Fox, 32, claimed that if a "blonde, gorgeous and successful" actress like Heard could allegedly be abused, then "none of us are safe" in an interview with Emily Ratajkowski for the model's 'High Low' podcast.
Fox backed Heard, 36, on Instagram during the Depp vs Heard defamation trial in May, commenting on the platform that "suing her all over the world" was a "clearly sick way of still controlling her life." The post read, “Wrong. She never had the power in the relationship to be abusive to him. Did she hit him? Yes. Was it abuse? No. You need to have power to be able to abuse it. She was 25. He clearly was always way more powerful including physically and financially.” The jury found resoundingly in favor of 59-year-old Depp.
Heard and Depp wed in 2015 and were married for a year before Heard requested a divorce in 2016, accusing Depp of domestic abuse and defamed Depp. In the podcast, Ratajkowski stated, “I wanna talk to you about standing up for Amber Heard because I just thought that was really incredible.” To which Fox replied, “Thank you, that was crazy! I feel there is a movement on TikTok regarding Amber and Johnny when people read all the documents, like a backtrack, but still the damage is done. I did have to say something because if it could happen to Amber Heard who is a white, blonde, beautiful, successful actress, because people say she had no career before him. she had over 10 movies I think, none of us are safe,” per the Daily Mail.
Fox continued, “I just feel compelled to say something. Guys. you don't realise, this is going to damage humanity, all of the women in the world are going to suffer from this. Abuse is so insidious and sometimes you don't even know you're being abused and sometimes you don't want to see yourself as a victim and you try to be tough and fight back and say ‘we fight each other.'"
"It's like b***h, we know he whoops your f*****g a**. I always stand up for women in a situation because I've been there and I know how lonely it is. I know how scary it is when people you've been looking at your whole life are looking at you funny, it's like, ‘I'm not a liar.’ Call me any name in the book but I'm not a liar,” Fox continued.
Ratajkowski quipped, “And the way people turned her into this hysterical character..” To this Fox retorted, “I know, it's f****d up.”
Heard was ordered to pay Depp $10M in compensatory damages and $5M in punitive damages after a trial that went on for months. The judge brought down the punitive damages to $350,000 due to a cap as per Virginia law. Of the $100M in compensatory damages that Heard sought in her countersuit against Depp, she was awarded $2M.