In a rather surprising turn of events, Johnny Depp has received support from an ‘unlikely’ aly - women’s abuse organization.
Mission NGO, an abuse group defending the rights of women and children, has reportedly voiced its support for Johnny Depp amid his $50 million defamation lawsuit against Ex-wife Amber Heard.
The non-profit organisation led by the former Miss Italy Valeria Altobelli backed Johnny Depp, as she wrote, "our compassion for Johnny Depp in this bad page of his personal history." Valeria also penned down an open letter that was shared publicly.
“Violence is a serious topic,” Mission NGO founder/president wrote in a statement. “As women, as mothers, we have the duty and the responsibility to educate our sons and daughters, that’s to say, the Future Generation, in the light of the values of dialogue, respect and compassion between men and women, without any gender distinction, in order to prevent violence with the weapons of love and education.
Altobelli continued: “In deep respect of the victims of domestic abuses that we have to affirm for intellectual honesty are, generally, WOMEN, we feel to express, as women, as mothers, as free thinkers, our compassion for Johnny Depp in this bad page of his personal history.”
The Aquaman actress has repeatedly accused her ex-husband of physically abusing her throughout their marriage, however, the tides seem to be turning around for Depp. In an audio recording presented during the defamation, the actress is heard admitting to instigating a physical fight with her ex-husband.
Depp’s legal team has also pointed to the lack of evidence, such as photographs and medical records, that would support Heard’s abuse claims.
Apart from NGO, public sentiment also seems to be on Depp’s side which clearly hints volumes about the lawsuit's verdict. Interestingly, following the initiation of the defamation trial, a group of women celebrities—including Courtney Love, actress Eva Green, and singer Sia—have shown their support for Depp, reported TMZ.
The court has also heard from a number of witnesses who’ve painted Depp, not Heard, as the victim.
The testimonies is expected to wrap next week, and it's likely the jury will start deliberating right after Memorial Day, reported COMPLEX.
The defamation lawsuit stems from a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which Heard claims to be a domestic abuse survivor. The piece, which was written by the ACLU, does not mention Depp by name, but his lawyers argue the piece severely harmed his career.
The trial is expected to conclude next week, with deliberations beginning after the holiday weekend.
Image Source: Instagram/valeriaaltobelli