A video seen on YouTube by nearly a million viewers suggests Johnny Depp’s children appeared in court, testifying against Amber Heard in the former couple’s ongoing defamation lawsuit.
Depp, 58, sued Heard, 36, for $50 million over an article she wrote in 2018 in which she said she was the victim of domestic violence. Heard is suing for $100 million.
But have Johnny Depp’s children taken a stand?
A video posted by YouTube entertainment channel PopJuice was posted on May 7, 2022, with the caption “Johnny Depp’s Kids Speak Against Amber Heard In Court”.
A thumbnail attached to the video shows a photo of Johnny Depp’s son, Jack Depp, with quoted text reading “DESTROYED MY FATHER” alongside a photo of Heard with the quote “NOT MY FAULT”.
As of May 11, 2022, the video has 967,000 views and has been widely shared on other social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook.
The video is a type of mislabeled content: its title incorrectly implies that Depp’s children spoke in court during the defamation trial.
None of his children appeared in court, live recordings and reports from the trial showed.
PopJuice’s compilation video primarily consists of comments Depp and Amber Heard made regarding her children during the trial and other news from the hearing.
He also mentions a statement Lily-Rose Depp posted about her father on Instagram, which has since been deleted, which said, according to media reports shortly after it was posted: “There was no evidence of a crime” and “The person reporting the crime [Heard] did not insist on a report.”
The thumbnail of the PopJuice video also appears to have been manipulated. It features a photo of Depp’s son, Jack, in front of a background that resembles the courtroom in the libel trial.
A reverse image search (a tool used to find similar images online) of this photo returned no matches. Rather, it appears to have been copied from another photo of the actor’s son in France, posted by The daily mail in 2020, and superimposed on the background of the trial courtroom or similar interior.
Newsweek has contacted PopJuice for comment.
The immense attention surrounding the libel suit has been misleadingly reported throughout. Misrepresentation assessed by Newsweek include how Heard’s parents sided with Depp and that Heard had lifted lines from his testimony from The Talented Mr. Ripley.
None of Depp’s children appeared in court. The video channel that posted the misleading headline also appears to have manipulated a photo of Depp’s son, Jack, to look like he was photographed in court.
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