Legal analysts wonder why conservatives are declaring 'Me Too' dead after Depp-Heard verdict
Actor Johnny Depp testifies during his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on April 21, 2022. - JIM LO SCALZO/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

Legal experts attempted to explain the finding in the defamation cases between actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Depp started the legal efforts when he sued Heard for her allegations. In response to his allegations, she then countersued.

The jury found for Depp in each charge, but on Heard's allegations, the court found that attacks by Depp's spokesperson in the DailyMail were defamatory to Heard. Those allegations against Depp weren't addressed in the trial by the Depp team.

What was most notable is that defamation is notoriously difficult to prove by those considered to be public officials. Actual malice is a heavy standard to meet, as some analysts pointed out. The fact that the jury believed Depp met that standard was significant.


In wake of the verdict, conservatives oddly flocked to social media to proclaim the end of the "Me Too" era. The House Republican Judiciary Committee even came out in support of Depp posting a gif of him. Meghan McCain somehow blamed the ACLU, which wasn't involved in the civil suit between the two parties.

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