Closing arguments in the trial between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard are expected Friday. In the weeks since the trial started, #MenToo has gained momentum on social media.
The #MenToo social movement started in India in 2018 in response to false sexual harassment allegations in the #MeToo movement.
One Twitter user wrote, “The default setting in our society is that men are the abusers and women are the victims. And for men, it’s guilty until proven innocent. Both sides of the story need to be heard before believing one side over the other and casting judgment.”
Depp is suing Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” His lawyers have said he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned his name.
Depp has denied he ever struck Heard and said she was the abuser in the relationship. Heard has testified about more than a dozen separate instances of physical abuse she said she suffered at Depp’s hands.
MAHMOUD BENNETT: IT’S THE FINAL WEEK OF TESTIMONY IN THE JOHNNY DEPP AMBER HEARD TRIAL.
AND IF YOU’VE BEEN FOLLOWING THE CASE – YOU’VE PROBABLY ALREADY MADE UP YOUR MIND.
BOTH ACCUSE THE OTHER OF BEING PHYSICALLY VIOLENT DURING THEIR RELATIONSHIP. AND THEY BOTH DENY THE OTHER’S CLAIMS.
AMBER HEARD COURT RECORDING: “Tell the world Johny I’m a victim of abuse … and see how many people believe or side with you”
BENNETT: THE CASE IS FUELING A DEBATE ABOUT HOW MEN ARE TREATED IN CASES OF DOMESTIC ABUSE.
NOW TRENDING UNDER HASHTAG #MENTOO
IT WAS BORN OUT OF THE FEW FALSE ACCUSATIONS FROM THE METOO MOVEMENT – WHERE WOMEN OPENED UP ABOUT THEIR STORIES OF ABUSE.
THIS USER SAYS BOTH SIDES NEED TO BE HEARD BEFORE BELIEVING ONE OVER THE OTHER.
RESEARCH SHOWS IT’S HARD FOR VICTIMS TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE -PARTICULARLY FOR MEN.
ONE FACTOR AT PLAY: PERCEPTIONS OF THEIR OWN MASCULINITY AND SOCIETY
JOHNNY DEPP: “Suddenly I was guilty until proven innocent”
BENNETT: ON TIKTOK – HASHTAG I STAND WITH AMBER HEARD HAS GARNERED 8 MILLION VIEWS WHILE JUSTICE FOR JOHNNY DEPP HAS RACKED UP MORE THAN 15 BILLION.
WE’LL BE COVERING THE FINAL VERDICT AS THE TRIAL COMES TO A CLOSE. FOLLOW US FOR THE LATEST.