Johnny Depp’s popularity has plummeted among US adults following his legal victory over ex-wife Amber Heard in a high-profile libel lawsuit.
Depp had sued Heard for $50m (£40m) for allegedly implying he abused her in 2018 Washington Post op ed. She was pursuing a $100m (£80m) counterclaim.
After six weeks of testimony and three days of deliberation, the jury ruled in Depp on June 1, finding Heard liable for defamation.
While Pirates of the Caribbean The star’s overwhelming popularity on social media amid and following the trial painted a picture of rising favor for Depp, the data tells a slightly different story.
According to statistics collected by the data company advise tomorrow, Depp’s popularity dropped significantly after the trial, particularly among baby boomers and men.
In an April poll, US adults with “very” or “somewhat” positive views of Depp landed at 68 percent. By June, however, that number had dropped to 56 percent.
Among baby boomers, Depp’s favorability rate fell from 59 percent in April to 37 percent in June.
Depp’s favor with younger respondents appears to have stayed nearly the same, with a drop of just two points among Gen Z adults from an original 72 percent in April.
Millennials followed a similar trend, falling just 6 percent from 78 percent in April to 72 percent in June.
Men’s positive views of Depp fell from 67 percent in April to 52 percent in June. Women’s views saw a smaller drop, at just nine points.
The actor’s popularity was hardest hit among Democrats, down from 70 percent to 55 percent, while independents saw a drop from 68 percent to 55 percent. Republicans’ positive views fell from 65 percent to 57 percent.
Despite the data trends, Depp continues to advance his career. He recently released two new songs about the pitfalls of fame from his upcoming album together, 18with Jeff Beck, slated for a July 15 release.
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