A composite image of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in court.

Tasmanian Greens leader who watched Johnny Depp trial ‘too much’ apologizes

Tasmanian Greens leader Cassy O’Connor has apologized for “the pain and confusion” caused by comments she made in support of actor Johnny Depp.

Mrs. O’Connor said she had looked “too much” at the… lawsuit for defamation between Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard.

“I would like to sincerely apologize for the pain and confusion I have caused by getting myself involved in the debate over the evidence from the Depp Heard trial,” she wrote on social media.

“The trial itself has created casualties-survivors everywhere, including me.”

Unlike a previous libel lawsuit in the UK, Mr Depp won his US defamation case against Ms Heard.

During the six-week trial in Fairfax, Virginia, Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard accused each other of assault.

The seven-member jury found a statement by Ms. Heard about domestic violence in a 2018 op-ed that made clear reference to Mr Depp.

He got $10.35 million.

Actor Amber Heard testifies during the defamation lawsuit against her by ex-husband, Johnny Depp.Reuters: Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool

The jury also ruled in favor of Ms Heard, who said she was defamed by Mr Depp’s lawyer when he called her allegations of abuse a hoax.

Jurors felt that Ms. Heard should receive $2 million.

Fans of Mr. Depp were at the Fairfax County courthouse daily during the trial, and the proceedings were televised.

A close-up shows Johnny Depp in profile, wearing slightly rimmed glasses and a safety pin earring
Actor Johnny Depp won his defamation case against Amber Heard.Reuters: Evelyn Hockstein/Pool

Experts have warned about the public nature of the case and the intensity of public debate surrounding it could have a chilling effect on survivors of domestic violence.

Ms O’Connor used her Twitter account to show support for Mr Depp and criticized Ms Heard and her evidence at trial.

She also brought up the process in state parliament last week, intervening in a debate to criticize Labor MP Michelle O’Byrne, who Ms O’Connor said was “about as good at that lectern if Amber Heard is in the Johnny Depp trial, totally fake”.

A woman stands on a green lawn with blurred historic buildings and autumn leaves in the background
Tasmanian Greens leader Cassy O’Connor has apologized for the pain and confusion her comments have caused.ABC News: Loretta Lohberger

Ms O’Connor withdrew the comment after Ms O’Byrne filed a point of order, saying she took personal offense at the comment.

In her apology on Twitter, Ms O’Connor also said:

“I recognize that the trial and sentencing have been armed by those who hate women, abusers and far-right elements. To have a world safer for women and children, and all vulnerable people, we must take the righteous wrath against those forces, as I have done all my life.

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