Amanda Knox weighed in on Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard, writing Tuesday that there is no winner in the “spectacle” from the trial — and saying she feels sympathy for the doomed couple.
“Who wins in a test like this? Depp no. Not heard. We don’t,” Knox wrote in an essay in The Independent.
Knox – who spent four years in Italian prison after being wrongfully convicted for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in 2007 – said she knows “how it feels for the public to decide that you are guilty. “
“I am still dealing with the psychological trauma of the public embarrassment that I have endured. This is no small matter,” she wrote.
Knox spoke out to support Depp after losing his 2020 UK libel case against The Sun, “Not because I knew he was innocent of misconduct, but because … he was without guarantee of proportionate punishment.” was being punished by a court of public opinion or the right to appeal.”
After watching the Fairfax, Virginia trial, Knox said she felt sympathy for Heard as well, saying: “There is a special kind of rancor that is directed at women.
“The more credible evidence has emerged in Heard’s favor, the more violent the rhetoric against him has become.”
Then, citing a special report from The Post in April that two Depp supporters had been kicked out of court for allegedly making threats against Heard, Knox wrote that “death threats aren’t just online. “
“As someone who has received tons of death threats, I can tell you that, while it’s a fairly safe assumption that most grumpy echo chambers are empty rhetoric filled with misinformation and anonymity, you never know. And that slim chance is terrifying,” she said.
Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 36, for defamation after she wrote in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed that she called herself a “public figure representing domestic violence.”
Heard, 36, then countered her for $100 million, saying he slandered her when she and her lawyer, Adam Waldman, made statements to the press in 2020 that he had leveled the allegations of abuse.
Knox, 34, didn’t say her “opinion” on the lawsuit, but ended her op-ed by warning that readers were turning the legal battle into gossip-filled entertainment.
“No one, even the privileged and wealthy, should face such an unforgivable and irresponsible decision.”