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'Tides are shifting': Amber Heard's sister Whitney applauds open letter supporting actress after trial loss

The open letter contains more than 140 signatures, including from feminist icon Gloria Steinem and actress Constance Wu
UPDATED NOV 18, 2022
Whitney Heard is happy about the open letter written in support of Amber Heard (Paul Morigi/Getty Images; @whitheard/Instagram)
Whitney Heard is happy about the open letter written in support of Amber Heard (Paul Morigi/Getty Images; @whitheard/Instagram)

Amber Heard has had a tough few months. But it seems there are still people who root for her in the wake of her loss in the defamation suit against her ex-husband Johnny Depp. An open letter that condemned the ramifications of the trial and the effects it had on Amber Heard was signed by more than 140 signatories. Now, Amber’s sister Whitney Heard has voiced her appreciation for people taking her sister’s side.

The letter was published on Wednesday, November 16 and has the support of Gloria Steinem and Constance Wu, besides the director of the miniseries ’Allen v Farrow’, Amy Ziering. The letter also includes signatures from groups such as the National Women's Law Center, Women's March Foundation and more, People reports.


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The letter goes, "We condemn the public shaming of Amber Heard and join in support of her. We support the ability of all to report intimate partner and sexual violence free of harassment and intimidation."

Whitney’s caption on the post read, “To simply say that my faith in humanity has been called into question since the trial/verdict would be a gross understatement… Not only did it highlight some pretty f**king major flaws in the judicial system, it also showed just how deeply misogynistic this world is and how harassment of anyone who speaks out or has a differing opinion is just simply accepted (just take a look at some of the comments on my posts, and undoubtedly this one). Its a world that I’m scared to raise my kids in, and every day it just seems harder and harder to navigate and deal with. Until today…. Seeing this letter signed by over 130 experts and organizations now was a much needed breath of fresh air. Finally, the tides are shifting… Finally! #istandwithamberheard”


Whitney had testified at the trial stating that Depp had hit her and then gave her an NDA to keep the incident under wraps. She is married to Gavin Henriquez and shares two children with him - Harlin and Hunter.

For the unversed, Heard was found guilty of defaming Depp and was ordered to pay $10 million in damages for the same. Heard also won one of the countersuits she filed and was awarded $2 million in damages. It is understood that both parties are appealing the verdict.