As social media continued to blow up in the days after the case following Depp’s major win, some fans have decided to get in on the action and make themselves some money by selling wristbands from the trial.
Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard Trial Wristbands Sold To The Public
According to the New York Post, wristbands from the Fairfax County, Virginia court where the trial was held are being auctioned online for BIG BIG bucks!
At the height of the defamation trial, the wristbands were hawked on the black market for fans who were desperate to gain access to the courtroom after officials limited the number of bands to 100 for the main courtroom and an extra 100 – 150 for the overflow room.
Now, the black market-purchased wristbands are being sold on eBay to the public for absurd prices ranging from three figures to mid-range four-figure price tags.
Per the publication, orange hand bracelets, which seemingly have a lower significance sell for around $500. A product description for the orange wristband reads, “This is a wristband that was used to enter one of the last days of the Johnny Depp Trial on Thursday, May 26, 2022. It is number 77 for number 77 in line to enter the courtroom. This wristband is priceless in that the trial is a part of pop culture history. I am willing to negotiate.”
On the other hand, the blue wristband, which was from the first day of the final week of the trial, auctioned for about $5,000 and its description says it was from “one of the busiest days.”
The anonymous seller says the wristband is from a “verified first person source” and brands it as “a piece of celebrity culture history.”
The ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Star Wins Defamation Lawsuit
As you might know, the former couple was embroiled in a nasty legal battle when Depp sued the “Aquaman” actress for defamation over her 2018 Washington Post op-ed where she made severe abuse allegations, requesting $50 million. Heard then countersued for $100 million.
After a lengthy and highly-publicized trial, the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages while Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages and no punitive damages.
However, Depp would only be awarded $10.35 million because punitive damages according to Virginia Law must be capped at $350,000. Following the news of the verdict, Heard released a statement about her loss.
“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband,” the “Zombieland” actress began.
She continued, “I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously.”
She concluded her statement, writing, “I’m sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly.”
On the other hand, Depp had an opposite reaction to the verdict. He broke his silence to the huge win via a statement that read, “Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people, who for many, many years have supported and believed in me were forever changed. All in the blink of an eye.”
He continued, “False, very serious, and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were brought against me. It had already traveled around the world twice within a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career. And six years later, the jury gave me my life back,” he said. “I am truly humbled.”
Depp concluded, saying he felt at peace to finally accomplish his desire to reveal the truth regardless of the outcome.