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Unread post by Sweeney Todd » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:46 am

Please don't click on the trashy articles.
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Unread post by Ruby Begonia » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:00 am

Just want to say I love Johnny Depp more than ever. :flashingheart:

Also, here's a new article in the Washington comPost, which is party to Johnny's defamation suit against Heard. The key points against this in my mind are that Johnny's suit isn't "frivolous" :mad2: and the goal of the lawsuit is not "to stifle free speech on a topic of civic interest." His goal is to defend his reputation and his career. Imagine if anyone were to tell a woman alleging domestic abuse that her claim was "frivolous" and an attempt to stifle free speech.

The link isn't working for some reason, so I pasted the article below.


Va. House passes bill aimed at lawsuits by Devin Nunes, Johnny Depp
The Virginia House passed a bill Tuesday that would make it harder to pursue frivolous lawsuits designed to chill free speech, a response to a string of splashy defamation cases filed in state courts by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), actor Johnny Depp and others.

The Senate was set to take up a similar measure in the evening.

Free speech advocates cheered the legislation in the House and Senate, saying the state’s weak anti-defamation law has made Virginia a magnet for dubious litigation aimed at punishing critics and blunting aggressive media coverage on topics of public concern.

Nunes, Depp and other litigants have filed defamation cases seeking nearly $1 billion in damages in courts in Virginia over the past year. Their targets include CNN, the New York Times, Twitter, the actress Amber Heard, the Fresno Bee and a parody Twitter account in the voice of an imaginary cow.

Nunes and Depp both claim they have been wrongly smeared and say they have good reasons to pursue litigation in Virginia. But defendants and critics say the suits are without merit and the venues were chosen to take advantage of Virginia law.

They say the state does not have an effective mechanism for getting frivolous defamation suits dismissed quickly, meaning someone with deep pockets can harass a defendant with expensive and protracted litigation. Such cases are known as strategic lawsuits against public participation, or SLAPP.

Virginia’s new anti-SLAPP bills would afford defendants stronger protections. Provisions in the House and Senate bills would allow defendants to file a special motion to dismiss a lawsuit after it has been served, if the defendant believes the goal of the lawsuit is to stifle free speech on a topic of civic interest.

The move would pause discovery in cases, which is expensive and time-consuming, and trigger a hearing before a judge. If the defendant prevails on the motion to dismiss, the defendant would automatically be awarded attorneys’ fees under the House bill or could be awarded them in the Senate version.

Del. Schuyler T. VanValkenburg (D-Henrico) said he sponsored the House bill because as a civics teacher, he was concerned about First Amendment rights being thwarted through litigation.

“Shutting down speech, I found that offensive,” VanValkenburg said. “Suing someone and getting them into court kind of cuts against everything I stand for.”

Last March, Nunes filed a $250 million defamation suit in Henrico County, accusing Twitter of censoring him and allowing users — including one parody account in the voice of an imaginary cow — to defame him.

“Devin’s boots are full of manure,” read one of the offending tweets by the cow account cited in the lawsuit. “He’s udder-ly worthless and its pasture time to move him to prison.”

Other defamation suits followed against the Fresno Bee, CNN and others over reporting in stories and online commentary about the pieces.

Nunes and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

Last April, Depp sued Heard, his ex-wife,in a $50 million defamation case in Fairfax County. Depp claimed the actress falsely implied he had abused her in an op-ed in The Washington Post about domestic abuse.

“Johnny Depp brought his defamation case in Virginia because Virginia is where that Washington Post was printed, Virginia is where the online version of that Washington Post was created, and Virginia is where the servers that routed that Washington Post to the rest of the world are located,” Adam Waldman, an attorney for the actor, wrote in a statement.

While the bills are broadly similar, they differ on key details. If the Senate approves its measure, both bills will move to the opposite chamber for consideration and the hammering out of any differences before possibly heading to the governor for signing.

Alison Friedman, of the Protect the Protest task force that is backing the bills, said she is guardedly optimistic about passage. “Substantively, all the parts for a strong anti-SLAPP bill are there, but half are in the House bill and half are in the Senate bill so it’s really going to come down to conference,” Friedman said.

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Unread post by Chocolat » Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:39 am

Surely Adam Waldman and staff are taking many notes and Kaplan's antics won't go unaddressed in court.
For that matter, a lawsuit toward #metoo should be in order for continued defamation, in my opinion.
But for every cheap shot Kaplan and company sling at Johnny, his soldiers are swift to set them straight in no uncertain terms.
Just look at the petition to get Heard replaced in Aquaman2. The signatures are growing faster than a speeding bullet.
Brian McPherson has been a gem in all of this as well. The strength behind his accurately produced videos are some of the best timelines we have that present the truth about Amber's hoax. Following Brian's brilliant detective work is Autumn On Venus' videos and various podcasts that are spreading the truth, emphasizing Johnny's innocence. This is the power Johnny's supporters have and are taking charge through social media when mainstream services cowardly sit, twiddling their thumbs. All it takes is for one major network or newspaper to stand up in support of Johnny Depp and male victims of abuse and other media will follow.
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Unread post by Lbock » Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:59 am

I’m not sure the VA legislature is totally informed on the Depp lawsuit. WaPo and VA journalists are influencing this.

WaPo intentionally fails to report that Depp’s Case was correctly filed in Fairfax as the judge already ruled when her team tried to have it transferred to a California. Amber Heard’s OpEd was contracted by the Washington Post and they have exclusive rights to it. It was printed in their paper and uploaded to their server all maintained in Virginia.

Of course we also now have heard the audio tapes where in her own voice she admits to initiating physical fights and is enraged that he always “splits” when arguments escalate. He won’t stay and fight.

Amber Heard is a woman who claimed she was abused and she has lied.‬ Worse probably, is that she did this knowingly, all too well aware of the reach & influence her stardom affords her. She abused her position to punish & humiliate Depp, as publicly as she could.‬ She used important movements like #MeToo as further status and influence to get her paid speaking jobs including ACLU Ambassador on a false platform

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Unread post by justintime » Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:52 pm

Chocolat wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:39 am
. . . .mainstream services cowardly sit, twiddling their thumbs. All it takes is for one major network or newspaper to stand up in support of Johnny Depp and male victims of abuse and other media will follow.
As so many have remarked, mainstream media has been deafeningly silent with respect to offering comment on the recently released audio tapes as is now obvious to even the most casual observer. The even more deafening silence is the question that remains: Why?

From all I have read to date: Why? Because they have been all this time, part and parcel, integral to attributing to Johnny Depp the very crimes that, ironically, are being proven to have been perpetrated against him. Their vindictive, shoddy, purposely selective “journalism”, defiant defense and support of a habitual liar, and ongoing propensity for half truths, inaccuracies, glaring omissions, cherry-picked “quotes”, flagrant, self-serving degradations of JD’s work while snidely referencing never proven allegations (not “charges”, mind you), outright false information - all make them vulnerable to charges of perpetuating for years the defamation that had, in truth, reduced the now abuse-recovering workaholic actor (and humanitarian, musician, artist, producer, writer etc. . .), Johnny Depp, to an almost shadow of himself. The immense harm done this man- professionally, personally, and emotionally - cannot not be mitigated merely because his own indomitable inner strength and unabating belief in justice continues to propel him forward. To recant any of it now would, quite simply and incontrovertibly, be their admission of guilt.

I want to agree with Chocolat’s assessment. It would be a risky move for this spineless lot, but surely not more so than the inevitable damning fallout coming home to roost should they stick stubbornly to their indefensible, hideously tangled, but rapidly unraveling hoax.
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Unread post by meeps » Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:24 pm

AMEN!!

They abused/are abusing Johnny, too ...

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Unread post by ForeverYoung » Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:37 pm

I hope Loreal is reading the comments and taking stock that customers are now boycotting their products.

https://www.ibtimes.com/amber-heards-lo ... ve-2921212
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Unread post by justintime » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:36 pm

Speaking of L’ORÉAL, L’ORÉAL Paris is one of the four Principal Partners of the 2020 Berlinale International Film Festival where Minamata is premiering next week. The other three Principal Partners are Audi, MAGENTA TV, and ZDF.

L’ORÉAL is profiled in part as: The Berlinale’s official cosmetics specialist that has, since 1999, styled the stars for an absolutely perfect appearance on the Red Carpet.

There seems to be a bit of uncertainty (to be polite) about whether Johnny will actually be at the festival given his last minute bow-out of the recent Beauty Awards gala. No mention of the gracious video he took the time to make and send to the affair in his place.

https://www.berlinale.de/en/festival/pa ... tners.html
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Unread post by ForeverYoung » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:56 pm

What's wrong iO??? Have nothing to say now? :lol:

https://www.ibtimes.com/amber-heard-joh ... gs-2920721
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Unread post by ForeverYoung » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:57 pm

justintime wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:36 pm

There seems to be a bit of uncertainty (to be polite) about whether Johnny will actually be at the festival given his last minute bow-out of the recent Beauty Awards gala.
Last I heard it was confirmed he will be there. Gina has been posting from Paris so I guess we will see.
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Unread post by Lbock » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:16 am

Johnny had to make a decision on a gig in LA right when the audio was released He had no idea how it would be received. So he had to cancel an LA gig with enough warning for them to replace him. Gina being in Paris with her friends has nothing to do with Johnny. He’ll be at Berlin film festival imo

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Unread post by ForeverYoung » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:20 am

Gina posted a thank you to her friends and "(and to those not pictured!)" so who knows if Johnny was there or not but I believe he will be at the Berlin film festival because he has a contract to promote the film.
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Unread post by Lbock » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:27 am

Nah. She’s been on trips with her girlfriends before. I do not see Johnny running around Paris on a shopping trip. Yes some of his island guys are posting from the island. OR JD was at his estate before Zurich premiere so maybe there. Gina doesn’t work for JD and has her own life. In fact I can’t figure out what she does. But we will have new pics next Friday 😄

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Unread post by justintime » Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:56 am

Thank you, Lbock and ForeverYoung, for the confirmation re: Johnny’s expected upcoming appearance in Berlin to promote Minamata and the very encouraging “. . . we will have new pics next Friday.” :heart2:

This has to be an unimaginably stressful time for Johnny - the audio revelations of the past week, the lawsuit uncertainty now being exacerbated by a pending VA bill and a biased Washington Post article riddled with misinformation (last I looked the 59 comments were overwhelmingly in JD’s favor - do you ever sleep, Lbock?), and now the anticipation surrounding unpredictable feedback to the Minamata premiere. I wonder if any US film critics were among those invited to next Thursday’s viewing . . . can’t come up with even a barely civil comment about that one.
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Unread post by Moonbeam » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:04 am

I hope that this new VA bill does not affect Johnny's case.

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