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‘Open and honest’: Emma Thompson HAILED for saying the Depp v. Heard case was ‘not representative’ of the #MeToo movement

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Thompson addressed fears, expressed by some, that Depp’s overwhelming win could result in women being left mums over abuse allegations

Emma Thompson earned praise after declaring that the verdict in the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial will not derail the #MeToo movement.

The 63-year-old Oscar winner spoke out about the case during a recent appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Speaking to host Emma Barnett, Thompson addressed concerns expressed by some that Depp’s overwhelming victory could result in women staying on mothers over abuse allegations. The ‘Nanny McPhee’ actress urged the public to point out that the case was not “representative” of the #MeToo movement.

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“One of the things that’s very difficult to do is judge an issue, how it brings the MeToo issue to the fore when you’re dealing with very, very famous people. It’s a very different thing,” Thompson said when asked if the trial signaled the end of the revolutionary movement.

She continued, “I would say that this isn’t going to derail the MeToo movement, but for it not to derail, we just have to keep talking. We have to keep talking and refuse to derail it with a case where two very, very, very famous people were blown beyond all human proportions by the press… it’s something that can’t be avoided.” The ‘Indeed Liebe’ star added, “But a case where the two protagonists are so famous is not representative and it’s just really important to remember. This movement, which is about human kindness and is actually so simple and has been made so complicated, cannot and will not be derailed by a single fall, and that’s not actually going to happen, it just isn’t going to happen.”

Thompson was praised following her hopeful comments on social media. “I have a lot of respect for Emma Thompson and she’s one of the very few celebs I think really care about the positive aspects of #metoo. She was basically saying that a liar shouldn’t hurt everyone else without directly taking sides. And I agree with that,” one tweeted. “Exactly what I said. The Heard/Depp trial was between those 2 and those 2 only, the MeToo movement has nothing to do with it and will continue regardless. Anyone who thinks it was damaged was likely to be ignored in the first place,” wrote another.

“The brilliant Emma Thompson is open and honest. Shame @emmabarnett had to ask such a biased question about the Amber Heared process and #metoo mvt. When will you understand that she was proven to have abused HIM, not the other way around? ! SHE has mvt NOT spoiled Depp!” someone else offered.

It’s worth noting that Thompson has been a vocal supporter of the MeToo movement for years. In 2019, she blasted complaints that the movement had made men unsure of how to relate to women. “Hurry up folks, this isn’t rocket science. They’re just being respectful and polite,” she said at the time.

Last week, a Virginia-based jury ruled in a unanimous decision that 36-year-old Heard had defamed 58-year-old Depp when she described herself as a victim of domestic violence in a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post. Heard was ordered to pay $15 million in compensatory damages, including $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages before Judge Penney Azcarate reduced the punitive damages to $350,000 under Virginia state law. The jury also awarded Heard $2 million in damages for defamation when Depp’s attorney Adam Waldman called her abuse allegations a hoax.

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