Gloria Steinem is team Amber Heard.
The political activist, 88, was among the 130 signatures from multiple feminist groups that penned an open letter to the 36-year-old troubled actress on Wednesday, supporting her against the “public shaming” she’s received since losing her multimillion-dollar defamation suit against ex-husband Johnny Depp.
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Ziering (“The Invisible War”) also signed the letter.
After a lengthy and highly publicized trial earlier this year, Heard was found guilty of defaming Depp in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed where she accused the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star of domestic abuse.
Heard was ordered to pay her alleged abuser a $10.35 million verdict. Depp has appealed part of the verdict in his legal battle, arguing the single count of defamation that she won at their bombshell trial was an “erroneous” ruling — and that the jury had “overwhelmingly” favored him.
The letter read: “Five months ago, the verdict in the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard deeply concerned many professionals in the fields of intimate partner and sexual violence … “
“The vilification of Ms. Heard and ongoing online harassment of her and those who have voiced support for her have been unprecedented in both vitriol and scale.”
“Much of this harassment was fueled by disinformation, misogyny, biphobia, and a monetized social media environment where a woman’s allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault were mocked for entertainment,” the long statement continued.
“The same disinformation and victim-blaming tropes are now being used against others who have alleged abuse.”
“In our opinion, the Depp v. Heard verdict and continued discourse around it indicate a fundamental misunderstanding of intimate partner and sexual violence and how survivors respond to it.”
“We have grave concerns about the rising misuse of defamation suits to threaten and silence survivors.”
“We condemn the public shaming of Amber Heard and join in support of her. We support the ability of all to report intimate partner and sexual violence free of harassment and intimidation,” the letter ended.
The Post has reached out to representatives for Heard and Depp for comment.
“I feel like for a lot of my career, people have really wanted to define me by the men in my life, whether that’s my family members or my boyfriends, whatever,” Lily-Rose added. “And I’m really ready to be defined for the things that I put out there.”
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