The court may still be in session for the defamation trial between actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, but in the court of public opinion, a winner has long since been crowned.
For those of you who have been living in the jungles of some remote island where there is no internet or social media, here is the 411 about the case: Depp is suing Heard for $50 million, alleging she defamed him when she claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse in an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018.
Heard has counter-sued for $100 million, alleging that Depp smeared her by calling her a liar.
While most of these cases play out behind closed doors, with details being drip-fed to media, this trial is being live-streamed for every Tom, Dick, Harry, and voyeur out there.
Watch: Johnny Depp concludes four days of testimony. Post continues after video.
Headlines and stories about the case have not only taken up space in newspapers and websites, it has ballooned on social media. On TikTok alone, the Justice for Johnny Depp hashtag has three billion views. Three BILLION.
On Instagram, the hashtag has almost 350K compared to the Justice for Amber Heard hashtag's paltry 9K. When I checked on Twitter, there were 440 tweets in the past hour supporting Depp - Heard didn't even register. If you look for support for Depp on Facebook, hundreds of pages show up. If you do the same for Heard, you'll find about five.
Add to the fact that there are over four million signatures in a petition to remove Heard from the second Aquaman film (which appears to have worked to some degree, with the actor revealing in her testimony that her screen time had been reduced significantly from the original script), then it is pretty easy to see that Depp is winning the popularity contest.
A lot of this is, of course, due to the longevity of Depp's career versus Heard's. He's been acting since the 1980s and has 99 acting credits to his name, including roles that are beloved by an audience of all ages.