Ricky Gervais Gives His Honest Thoughts On The Johnny Depp And Amber Heard Case
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Ricky Gervais has given his honest thoughts on the Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard trial. Check it out:
While the comedian is famously outspoken about a number of topics, he maintained an unbiased opinion while speaking about the highly publicised defamation case.
Many of you will be well aware that Depp is currently suing Heard for $50 million (£38.2 million) over domestic abuse claims she made in a 2018 article in The Washington Post.
The trial enters its sixth and final week at Virginia's Fairfax County Circuit Court today (23 May), with proceedings set to wrap up on Friday.
Ever since it kicked off back in April, social media has been awash with opinions about the ongoing legal battle, with many siding with the Pirates of the Caribbean star.
Gervais and Depp are longtime friends, having collaborated for The Office creator's comedy series Life's Too Short.
But when quizzed about the case during a recent interview with street journalist Adam Glyn, the 60-year-old star kept his opinion balanced while still offering up his thoughts on the media circus surrounding the trial.
"I stay away from all that, I don't really look at that celebrity stuff, even though this isn't celebrity [stuff] is it - but I try not to have it in my head," he explained.
"I don't think either of them are going to come out of it as a win because all of your private stuff... I don't know, I hate having to go through it and it's even weirder that they televise a court case.
"So I don't really do that stuff."
Numerous people agreed with Gervais' attitude, with one writing on TikTok: "He’s so right, the entire court case is a weird situation. Here, let’s point and laugh at a very serious court case that could become case law."
Another who empathised with the comedian said: "Poor Ricky... he was put on the spot and obviously didn't want to comment negatively. I've never seen him stutter so much."
A third wrote: "Well done Ricky he could have taken a that opportunity to make a humerus comment. Fair play to him playing it straight."
While it's yet to be seen what the outcome of the trial will be, there's still a number of days left until the jury decide whether Heard did defame Depp in the op-ed.
Speaking about the decision, Kimberly Lau, a partner at New York legal firm Warshaw Burstein and an expert in libel and slander, previously told Sky News: "The opinion of one is not enough; all seven must agree.
"And while judges, unlike juries, already have an understanding of the law, the jury is comprised of several individuals whose life experiences can have an impact on how they view and weigh the evidence at trial.”