, 2022-11-17 15:33:16,
Women’s rights activists lashed out at the “vilification” and ongoing online harassment of Amber Heard, five months after a highly publicized defamation trial between the actress and her ex-husband, Johnny Depp.
“We condemn the public shaming of Amber Heard and join in support of her,” the National Organization for Women, Equality Now, feminist Gloria Steinem and others wrote in an open letter released this week.
The letter, published a week after Depp made a controversial appearance in Rihanna’s “Savage x Fenty Vol. 4” fashion show, offers unequivocal support for Heard – who was ordered by a judge to pay damages to Depp – and denounces the “rising misuse” of defamation suits to threaten and silence those who report domestic abuse.
“We support the ability of all to report intimate partner and sexual violence free of harassment and intimidation,” the letter reads.
In all, over 130 organizations and individuals signed the letter, which also serves as a rebuke of those among Depp’s supporters who made light of Heard and belittled those who believe her – behavior that authors say is “unprecedented in both vitriol and scale.” The letter writers called the harassment “fueled by disinformation, misogyny, biphobia, and a monetized social media environment where a woman’s allegations of…
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