Some bogus GoFundMe campaigns claiming to help Amber Heard pay Johnny Depp $10.35 million after winning his defamation lawsuit emerged after Heard’s attorney said his client couldn’t afford it. pay.
The contentious court battle over Heard’s Washington Post op-ed on domestic violence ended Wednesday with Depp emerging victorious. Heard was ordered to pay her ex-husband $15 million in damages, though state rules limit it to $10.35 million. Depp was ordered to pay Heard $2 million for her libel suit against her attorney.
Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, Told the Today show on Thursday that she will appeal the verdict because Heard “absolutely cannot” pay the damages.
After the verdict, some people created fake GoFundMe campaigns with titles like “Justice for Amber Heard” and “Help amber hear pay off johnny depp”.
“I believe Amber and social media protected the abuser,” reads the description for the “Justice for Amber Heard” campaign. “If you can help her, please. She will have direct access to the money. I also contacted her attorney so they could put her in touch.
The campaign, created by a user named Kimberly Moore seeking to raise $1 million, was removed by GoFundMe before it could raise much money, TMZ reported.
In a statement to BuzzFeed News on Saturday, a GoFundMe spokesperson said, “Our top priority is keeping our community safe and protecting the generosity of our donors. GoFundMe will remove all fundraisers unless there is a direct link and the fundraiser has been authorized by the recipient of the funds.
The spokesperson did not immediately respond to questions about how many fake campaigns have been taken down so far. Heard’s team did not respond to requests for comment.
GoFundMe also removed a fake campaign titled “Help Amber Heard Pay Johnny Depp” that had a $15 million goal.
“This is completely non-profit and 100% will go to Amber Heard! Help a woman in pain,” the description read.
During the week-long trial, some users created troll campaigns favoring Depp, such as “SAVE AMBER HEARD’S CAREER” (asking for $50 million), “Don’t support Amber Heard, support me (asking for $200,000) and “Raise Awareness to Stop Woman Like Amber Heard” (asking for $100,000), reflecting the often despicable online discourse that followed the case.
The pro-Depp fandom, which has used the live trial to create viral memes and videos mocking and berating Heard, has also created GoFundMe campaigns to unsuccessfully raise money for things like ‘buying’ sponsored posts’ and ‘sponsored ads’ on social media”. to “counter what was done to Johnny and his family”.