A faction of Amber Heard supporters has been slammed on social media for mocking claims made in recently unsealed court documents that Johnny Depp had erectile dysfunction.
Over the weekend, more than 6,000 pages of court documents from the former couple’s legal battle were unsealed, shining a light on the trial sparked when Depp, 59, filed a $50 million lawsuit against Heard, 36, in response to a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post, in which she said that she was a domestic abuse survivor.
Following a high-profile trial in Fairfax, Virginia, the jury in June found that Heard had, indeed, defamed Depp and awarded him more than $10 million. Depp was ordered to pay $2 million to Heard—who had counter-sued for $100 million—for defaming her via comments made by his attorney Adam Waldman.
As both parties appeal the verdicts against them, details of pre-trial documents, which show information that attorneys for each star had attempted to submit into evidence but did not get approved or were deemed inadmissible by the judge, have been revealed.
Among the information was a suggestion by Heard’s lawyers that Depp’s purported erectile dysfunction led to him allegedly lashing out violently at his now ex-wife.
According to the documents, Heard submitted into evidence a medication list that included “Nexium, Cialis and Valtrex,” and “suggested that [Depp’s alleged erectile dysfunction] might somehow be a motivation for abuse.”
“Mr. Depp’s Erectile Dysfunction Is Relevant to Mr. Depp’s Use of a Bottle to Rape Amber Heard, in Addition to Explaining Mr. Depp’s Mindset and Anger,” read a statement from Heard’s team.
“Though Mr. Depp would rather not disclose his erectile dysfunction condition, such condition is absolutely relevant to sexual violence, including Mr. Depp’s anger and use of a bottle to rape Amber Heard. Mr. Depp’s erectile dysfunction makes it more probably that Mr. Depp would be angry or agitated in encounters with Amber Heard, and that he would resort to a bottle.
“This relevance is not substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice. The erectile dysfunction is not likely to generate a ‘strong emotional response’ that would make it ‘unlikely that the jury could make a rational evaluation of its proper evidentiary weight.'”
The allegation that Depp had experienced erectile dysfunction sparked a flood of social media posts mocking the Pirates of the Caribbean star, with “#LimpDJohnny” quickly becoming a trending topic on Twitter.
Law & Crime host Angenette Levy, whose network livestreamed the Depp vs. Heard trial, took her Twitter account this week to speak out against the online mockery, branding it “so crass and so rude.”
After commenting on stereotypical constructs that men and women are commonly expected to live by, Levy wrote: “I can’t believe I am seeing women on twitter mocking someone for their problems with erectile dysfunction. That is so crass and so rude. On my radio show, I’ve done segments on ED and Peyronies Disease.”
“These stereotypes, constructs about men lead them to not seek medical attention at times when they really should,” she continued. “The Mayo Clinic reports than half of men between the ages of 40 and 70 experience some form of ED. Why would you make fun of someone for that?”
“The Cleveland Clinic states between 30 percent and 40 percent of women experience sexual dysfunction,” Levy went on. “Why would anyone make fun of someone for having ED or some other type of sexual dysfunction? We all have something wrong with us.”
Concluding her thread, Levy stated that “it’s really disheartening to see such mean-spirited, nasty tweets from people hiding behind fake accounts.”
A host of detractors continued to share the mocking hashtag on Twitter, claiming that Depp was fair game after a 2016 text message he sent to his former talent agent showed that he allegedly described Heard as a “flappy fish market.”
Levy, who faced criticism for speaking out against the hashtag, recently told Newsweek about the spate of online vitriol she has faced in recent months.
“If Amber Heard supporters wish to direct their ire at me, then fine. I can take it,” she said. “I believe their anger is misplaced and that they need to step back and do some soul searching.”
Depp’s team argued against the inclusion of the actor’s alleged erectile dysfunction into evidence, accusing Heard of attempting to submit the information as a way to embarrass him in court during the trial.
Per the documents, Depp’s attorneys said that Heard “wants a circus, and clearly intends to take this trial down a number of unnecessarily salacious rabbit holes, including and especially with respect to Mr. Depp’s medical history.”
“Following scorched earth discovery on that topic, Ms. Heard has manifested an intention of presenting evidence regarding Mr. Depp’s medical history and treatments, including treatments for conditions completely irrelevant to the narrow issues in the case,” read the statement from Depp’s team.
Via their respective testimonies during their recent trial, Depp and Heard accused one another of violence during their ill-fated relationship—allegations they both vehemently denied.
Newsweek has contacted representatives of Depp and Heard for comment.