English Musician Sam Fender has issued a public apology for an ‘ill-judged’ and ‘ignorant’ post about Johnny Depp following the actor’s defamation trial.
Depp won the trial against his ex wife Amber Heard last week. The actor was in a bar in Newcastle, England when the announcement was made.
Johnny Depp is out on the piss with Sam Fender in Newcastle. What the fuck is going on pic.twitter.com/Aj8rWNohme
— Cam Kirkham BABY (@camkirkham_) June 1, 2022
Fender, who was drinking in a bar with Depp when the verdict was announced, has issued an apology after posting a photo with the star calling him a “hero”.
The Seventeen Going Under singer wrote on his Instagram story:
“I want to apologise,”
“I was invited to briefly meet a musical legend and an actor who has been in almost every film I’ve watched growing up. I went – we chatted music and without thinking I took a photo and posted it as it was pretty surreal”
“Using the word ‘heroes’ was meant in reference to their careers, but in the context of the trial was severely misinformed.
“I now realise that it was a poor choice of words and timing, but that’s irrelevant. It was naive and disrespectful to those who relate to any of the issues highlighted in the trial and the broader issues it poses. I didn’t think it through and I should have.
“I can’t really say anything other than it was ill-judged and I was ignorant with regard to the trials as a whole, and thoughtless on what my post could imply. I realise this entirely, and for that I’m deeply sorry.”
Depp launched a defamation lawsuit for $50 million against Heard in 2019, after the Aquaman star described herself as a victim of domestic abuse in a 2018 article she penned in The Washington Post.
Heard then countersued for $100 million as she claimed Depp’s legal team started a “smear campaign” against her.