Lily-Rose Depp has defended her choice to remain silent during the defamation trial involving her father Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard.
In a candid interview with Elle, The aspiring actress explained why she decided to stay away from all the drama and not comment directly on the case, which was held in Fairfax County, Virginia earlier this year.
“When it’s so private and personal that it suddenly becomes so impersonal… I really feel entitled to have my secret garden of ideas,” said the model and actress, who is set to star in the upcoming HBO series The Idol. in the publication’s cover story.
Her opinion: Lily-Rose Depp, 23, has defended her decision to remain silent and not comment on Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation trial earlier this year.
Speaking about her silence, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, 23, declared that she wants to be judged on her own merits and not by the men in her life, be it her famous father or the friends in her life.
I also think I’m not here to answer for anyone, and I feel like for a lot of my career, people have really wanted me defined by the men in my life, whether it’s my family or friends, whoever.”
Sounding confident and somewhat defiant at the same time, she added, “And I’m really ready to be specific about the things I put out there.”
Johnny Depp began dating Amber Heard after announcing his split from Lily-Rose’s mother, Vanessa Paradis, in June 2012 after being an item for over 14 years.
Depp and Heard’s union would only last about a year and a half, ending with Heard filing for divorce in May 2016. During that filing, she obtained a temporary restraining order against the A-list actor, claiming it was verbal. and physically abusive throughout their relationship, usually while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
STAYING NEUTRAL: “When it’s so private and so personal that it suddenly becomes so impersonal… I really feel entitled to the secret garden of my own thoughts,” said the up-and-coming actress of Depp’s trial at Heard, which kicked off from April-June.
Her special woman: “I also think I’m not here to answer for anyone, and I feel like a lot of my career, people have really wanted to define me through the men in my life, whether they’re my family or my friends, whatever,” Lily-Rose told Elle. She’s been pictured with her famous dad in an Instagram post from years past
After denying Heard’s allegations of abuse, a settlement was reached and the divorce was finalized in January 2017.
Heard will also continue to deny the restraining order, and the ex-couple released a joint statement saying, “Their relationship was very passionate and at times volatile, but always one of love.” ”
Nearly two years later, Heard wrote a December 2018 Washington Post op-ed titled, “Amber Heard: I spoke out against sexual violence — and confronted our culture’s wrath. That must change.”
Then, two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic violence, Heard stated in the article, feeling the full force of our culture’s anger at women who speak out. … I had the rare vantage point of seeing, in real time, how institutions protect men accused of abuse.
Although he never identified Depp by name, the Pirates of the Caribbean star asserted that Heard caused new damage to his reputation and career and filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit. Heard set out to retaliate by filing a counterclaim seeking $100 million in damages.
Their trial ran from April through June, with Hurd found guilty on all three allegations of defamation.
Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages from Heard, although the court reduced the punitive damages to $350,000 due to the limit imposed by Virginia law. They also ruled that Depp’s former attorney, Adam Waldman, defamed Heard by falsely claiming that she and her friends ‘roughed’ Depp’s penthouse as part of a hoax and awarded Heard $2 million in damages but $0 in punitive damages.
Defamation trial: In the wake of Heard’s opinion piece published in The Washington Post in December 2018, Johnny Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit alleging that it had caused new damage to his reputation and career; Pictured at courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia in April 2022
Trial outcome: Heard was found guilty in all three defamation suits and ordered to pay $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, although the court reduced punitive damages to $350,000 due to the limit imposed by Virginia law
Evidence presented during the trial, which made headlines around the world, showed that Heard and Lily-Rose had a close relationship.
Many on social media criticized her decision not to comment on their trial, but many fans have come to her defense at the time.
While the dancing star continued to avoid taking sides on trial in an Elle interview, Lily-Rose explained about her childhood and how it was like being raised by a superstar dad and mom, she was a huge star in her own right as a star. Model, singer and actress in her home country, France.
“I know my childhood wasn’t like everyone else’s, and it’s a very private thing to deal with, but it’s also the only thing I know,” she explained.
My parents protected my brother, [Jack]I am from him as much as possible. I was just raised in a way that taught me that privacy is an important thing to protect.
She has also addressed critics who claim her career is partly a product of nepotism.
“People are going to have preconceived notions about you or how you got there, and I can definitely tell that nothing will get the part except you fit the part,” she said, adding, “The Internet cares a lot more about who your family is than the people who turn out.” Here’s to things. You may get your foot in the door, but you still get your foot in the door. There is a lot of work that comes after that.
Superstar Parents: Lily-Rose also shared about what it was like being raised by her superstar dad and mom, who is a huge star in her own right as a model, singer, and actress in her native France; The former couple, who divorced in 2012, were photographed back in 1999
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