Johnny Depp has racked up over 10 million followers on TikTok within 24 hours of posting his first video. Less than a week after winning a defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard, the actor, 58, joined the platform and posted a message of thanks to those who stood by him during the trial.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star dedicated the short clip to his ‘most treasured, loyal and unwavering supporters’. Depp who now has 10.7 million followers on TikTok –shared the video compilation on Tuesday, and it already has 24.3 million views.
The TikTok includes clips of him arriving at the courthouse to crowds of fans and also shows him playing guitar on stage with his friend Jeff Beck’s band afterwards. Depp had captioned the 30-second video: ‘To all of my most treasured, loyal and unwavering supporters. We’ve been everywhere together, we have seen everything together. We have walked the same road together.
‘We did the right thing together, all because you cared. And now, we will all move forward together. ‘You are, as always, my employers and once again I am whittled down to no way to say thank you, other than just by saying thank you. So, thank you. My love & respect, JD’.
The video was viewed 200,000 times in the first few minutes of being online. Amber Heard has reacted with disgust to her ex-husband Johnny Depp crowing about his victory in their defamation trial, after he joined TikTok to thank his fans for their support and proclaim they were ‘moving forward’
Depp says: ‘We will all move forward together.’ Heard on Tuesday evening issued a statement, saying: ‘As Johnny Depp says he’s ‘moving forward,’ women’s rights are moving backward.
‘The verdict’s message to victims of domestic violence is be afraid to stand up and speak out.’ The trial lasted several months and every minute was devoured by TikTok fans. Depp was the undoubted favorite, dominating hashtags and trends over his ex-wife.
Depp sued Heard for defamation over an op-ed she wrote in which she described surviving domestic abuse. The jury ruled that she defamed him by suggesting incorrectly that he had abused her.
Heard was ordered to pay Depp $8million after deductions. She has now said she cannot afford to pay. Heard decried the verdict as a set-back for victims of domestic violence. She said it only proved how powerful and popular Depp is, and that he did abuse her throughout their brief marriage.