You may be wondering why the Depp-Heard defamation trial was televised? Critics have called it the ‘single worst decision’ for sexual and domestic violence victims.
Millions of us have watched the trial unfold, after Depp sued ex wife Amber Heard after she penned an op-ed in The Washington Post claiming to be a victim of domestic abuse. Depp’s name wasn’t mentioned, but the actor claims that his career was negatively impacted following the accusations.
Heard then countersued Depp for allegedly creating a “smear campaign” against her.
Many harrowing testimonies have been heard via the Law & Crime livestream, inlcuding Heard accusing Depp of sexualy assaulting her, as well as hitting, kicking and punching her.
Recordings from both sides have been played, revealing the dark and tumultuous relationship the pair seemingly had.
The Aquaman’s legal team tried to exclude the cameras from the trial, with Elaine Bredehoft, Heard’s lawyer, saying:
“What they’ll do is take anything that’s unfavorable — a look,”
“They’ll take out of context a statement, and play it over and over and over and over again.”
Depp’s side welcomed the media coverage, however, with Ben Chew claiming that the actress had already “trashed” Depp in the media and she should not be allowed to hide away during the trial.
Judge Penny Azcarate said, after receiving many media requests:
“I don’t see any good cause not to do it,”
Many critics claim that by televising the trial, it has trivialised domestic abuse victims’ experience. A professor at Stanford Law, Michele Dauber, said:
“Allowing this trial to be televised is the single worst decision I can think of in the context of intimate partner violence and sexual violence in recent history,”
“It has ramifications way beyond this case.”
What’s your take on televising the trial?