Heard hired a security detail staffed with former military and government officials to protect her in court after receiving death threats from obsessed Depp fans
Amber Heard has hired an elite security firm to protect her at the Virginia courthouse where she is fighting her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. Heard has received constant threats and “one-on-one” attacks from obsessed Dork fans who have gone too far, escalating to troubling death threats. The ongoing trial has received widespread media coverage and it appears the social media court is favoring Depp.
According to reports from the New York Post, several guards were posted outside the compound and they followed Heard everywhere she went. It’s still unclear how many bodyguards she’s protecting, but The Post confirmed she’s paying $120 an hour for each bodyguard. The security firm, staffed by former military and government officials, is monitoring “lone supporters attempting to gain access to the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse grounds, vehicles, or the facility’s entrance,” according to a Sunday memo that The mail is available.
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The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office handles security and so far has fired two Depp supporters for threatening Heard online and one of their supporters for violating court rules. Two Depp fans have been disfellowshipped and the court has begun requiring ID for those entering the gallery.
This bitter fight between Depp and Heard is one of the biggest celebrity feuds. The former couple have been locked in the fight for four years and things have only escalated. Depp is fighting a defamation case against Amber Heard for writing a comment about being a victim of domestic violence. Heard did not name Depp in the article. The actress filed a $100 million counterclaim against the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star.
Posters showing widespread support for Depp with hashtags like “JusticeForJohnnyDepp” are trending on Twitter. One Depp fan tweeted, “And what did you say when she said, ‘Tell them I, Johnny Depp, am a victim of domestic violence’?” “I said yes, I am.” Honor.” You did it, Johnny. You spoke your truth #JusticeForJohnnyDepp.”
Another person commented: “I’m so proud of Johnny Depp because he’s strong, patient, fearless and fights for the truth. His strength and courage are admirable. I love and respect this man so much. He deserves the whole world and sends positive vibes to him after 2 busy weeks. #Justiceforjohnnydepp.”
Moira Penza, a former federal prosecutor in New York’s Eastern District, said online threats should not be taken lightly. “When people get fueled over social media, dangerous real-world events can happen,” Penza told The Post. “Powered by social media, Twitter is coming alive and we’re all anticipating that,” Penza said, adding, “What’s happening on the internet and attacks on various people, especially women, are ominous.”