Robert Downey Jr. is the latest star to congratulate Johnny Depp over his defamation trial victory against Amber Heard.
The Tropic Thunder actor gave fellow film star Johnny a FaceTime call to revel in his win, as revealed by the latter’s close friend Josh Richman during a charity live stream event for Children’s Hospital Los Angles.
Robert, 57, said to old friend Johnny, 59: ‘John, thank God it’s over’ – with news of the call coming amid Amber’s claims the defamation trial verdict is ‘unfair’.
‘Thank God it’s over’: Robert Downey Jr. celebrated Johnny Depp’s trial victory by giving him a FaceTime call (pictured January 2020)
A spokesperson for Johnny confirmed the FaceTime call to The New York Post.
During the livestream, Josh said that Pirates of the Caribbean star was ‘stoic’ in a UK hotel room when the news came in, whilst friends and staff ‘cried and screamed’.
‘Even Jeff Beck flipped off the television screen,’ Josh said.
Support: The Tropic Thunder actor, 57, said to Johnny, 59: ‘John, thank God it’s over’ as revealed by the latter’s close friend Josh Richman during a charity live stream event (pictured this month)
Victory: During the livestream, Josh said that Pirates of the Caribbean star was ‘stoic’ in a UK hotel room when the news came in, whilst friends and staff ‘cried and screamed’ (pictured last month)
In other talking points, Josh revealed that it was not Johnny’s intention to ask his ex-girlfriend Kate Moss to testify during the trial, yet things swiftly changed once Amber took the witness stand.
Amber, 36, mentioned Kate’s name during her testimony and the notoriously private runway star was ‘p***ed’ and was ‘like, f**k this,’ according to Johnny’s friend.
Johnny and supermodel Kate partied backstage following his cameo performance with Jeff Beck at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this month – days after she testified for the movie star in court.
Speaking out: In other talking points, Josh revealed that it was not Johnny’s intention to ask his ex-girlfriend Kate Moss to testify during the trial, yet things swiftly changed once Amber took the witness stand
Not having it: Amber, 36, mentioned Kate’s name during her testimony and the notoriously private runway star was ‘p***ed’ and was ‘like, f**k this,’ according to Johnny’s friend (Kate pictured last month)
Amber has broken her silence on her defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny for the first time since a jury ruled against her – claiming that the ‘unfair’ verdict was the result of biased ‘social media representation’ and accusing the actor of trying to sway the jury by putting ‘paid employees and randos’ on the stand.
Amber spoke out about the damning verdict against her in a three-part interview with the Today show, which was pre-recorded on Thursday and began airing on Monday morning.
During the sit-down with Savannah Guthrie – who last week interviewed Johnny’s legal team on the show and whose husband actually consulted for them during the trial – Amber hit out at the ‘hate and vitriol’ that she has faced throughout the trial and in the wake of the jury’s verdict, while blasting the ‘unfair’ decision made against her.
Her side: Amber has broken her silence on the Johnny defamation trial verdict, speaking out for the first time since a jury ruled that she defamed her ex-husband – and ordered her to pay him $10 million in damages
Amber, who flew to New York City on a private jet on Friday to conduct the interview, doubled down on accusations made by her lawyer last week that the jury was swayed by social media, while also suggesting that they were won over by Johnny’s ‘excellent acting’ on the stand.
‘Even somebody who is sure I’m deserving of all this hate and vitriol, even if you think that I’m lying, you still couldn’t look me in the eye that you think on social media there’s been a fair representation,’ she said. ‘You cannot tell me that you think that this has been fair.’
Earlier this month, a jury ruled that Amber defamed her ex-husband by publishing a piece about being a sexual assault survivor in the Washington Post. She was ordered to pay Johnny $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, although the second payment was reduced to $350,000 per Virginia law by the judge. She was awarded a relatively paltry $2 million in compensatory damages, meaning that Johnny walked away from the case with Amber owing him $8.35 million.
Interview: The actress sat down with the Today show’s Savannah Guthrie to discuss the verdict, which she blasted as ‘unfair’, blaming biased ‘social media representation’