A video seen on YouTube by almost a million viewers suggests that Johnny Depp’s children have appeared in court, testing against Amber Heard in the former couple’s ongoing defamation trial.
Depp, 58, has sued Heard, 36, for $50 million for an article she wrote in 2018 in which she stated she was a victim of domestic violence. Heard is countersuing for $100 million.
But have Johnny Depp’s children taken the stand?
A video posted by YouTube entertainment channel PopJuice was posted on May 7, 2022, with the title “Johnny Depp’s Children Speak Up Against Amber Heard In Court”.
A thumbnail attached to the video shows a photo of Johnny Depp’s son, Jack Depp, with quoted text stating “DESTROYED MY FATHER” alongside a picture of Heard with the quote “NOT MY FAULT.”
As of May 11, 2022, the video has 967,000 views, and has been shared widely on other social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook.
The video is a type of mislabeled content: its title wrongly implies that Depp’s children have taken the stand in court during the defamation trial.
None of his children have stood in court, as live recordings and news reports of the trial have shown.
The compilation video by PopJuice mostly consists of comments Depp and Amber Heard have made involving his children during the trial and other news from the hearing.
It also mentions a statement Lily-Rose Depp posted about her father on Instagram,which has since been deleted, that said, according to media reports shortly after it was posted: “There was no evidence of any crime” and “The person reporting the crime [Heard] did not insist on a report.”
The PopJuice video’s thumbnail also appears to have been manipulated. It features a picture of Depp’s son, Jack, in front of a background that looks like the defamation trial’s courtroom.
A reverse image search (a tool used to search for similar images online) of that photo provided no matches. It instead appears to have been copied from another photo of the actor’s son in France, published by The Daily Mail in 2020, and superimposed on the background of either the trial’s courtroom or a similar interior.
Newsweek contacted PopJuice for comment.
The immense attention surrounding the defamation trial has been misleadingly reported on throughout. False claims claimed by Newsweek include how Heard’s parents have sided with Depp and that Heard had lifted lines of her testimony from The Talented Mr. Ripley.
None of Depp’s children have appeared in court. The video channel which published the misleading headline also appears to have manipulated a photo of Depp’s son, Jack, to make it appear as if he was photographed in court.
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