Johnny Depp thanked his fans in his first TikTok clip. Now his ex-wife Amber Heard has responded in a statement.

Johnny Depp (58) created a TikTok profile on Tuesday – and published the first clip a little later. In it he thanked his fans for their support in the defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard (36). “We did the right thing together because it was important to you, and now we will all move forward together,” he explained in his post, among other things. Amber Heard has now responded in a statement.

A spokesman for the actress said: “While Johnny Depp says he’s ‘moving forward’, women’s rights are moving backwards. The message of the verdict to victims of domestic violence is: be afraid to stand up and speak your mind accept.”

What was the court case about?

A jury had largely found Johnny Depp right in a defamation trial against Heard in the United States on June 1. He sued Heard for $50 million over a 2018 Washington Post article. In it, she claimed to be a victim of domestic violence. She had not mentioned him by name, but the jury, after a roughly six-week trial in which both sides had bitterly fought each other, had nevertheless ruled that she was guilty of defamation. She was supposed to pay Depp $15 million, but due to laws in Virginia, where the trial took place, she only has to come up with $10.35 million.

Heard had filed a $100 million counterclaim. The jury found that a former lawyer for Depp slandered the actress, which is why the Hollywood star was fined two million. Amber Heard’s attorney later announced on US television that her client wanted to appeal and “definitely could not” pay the amount.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard got married in 2015. The two separated again in 2016 and the divorce followed in 2017. Over the past few years, both parties – as well as in the process – have repeatedly accused each other of domestic violence.