Johnny Depp officially joins TikTok, already has more than 2 million followers

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Johnny Depp has officially joined TikTok - and he's quickly racking up a following of millions worldwide.

At the time of writing, the 58-year-old actor has amassed 2.6 million followers on the popular video-hosting platform. He has not yet uploaded any videos to the site or followed any of its billion users.

However, he does have a bio, which reads: "Occasional Thespian."

The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory star set up the account just days after he was awarded more than $10 million in his defamation lawsuit against his 36-year-old former wife, Amber Heard.

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The case was over a December 2018 op-ed the Aquaman star wrote for The Washington Post, in which she referred to herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse". She named no names in the article, but Depp maintained that he was defamed in the piece.

He claimed that allegations that he had abused Heard, which were in the public domain before the publication of the op-ed, meant that he was intrinsically linked to the piece despite not being mentioned specifically.

On Wednesday, a seven-person jury awarded Depp $15 million after deciding his ex-wife had defamed him in all three counts of his lawsuit against her.

Jurors found that Depp was entitled to $10 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages of $5 million. However, as Virginia state law caps punitive damages at $350,000, Depp will actually be awarded $10.35 million.

Meanwhile, the jury awarded Heard $2 million in damages based on her $100 million countersuit. She had filed the counterclaim for defamation against Depp over statements his attorney made about her, namely his referring to her abuse allegations as a hoax.

Shortly after winning his case, the actor took to Instagram to share a lengthy statement, in which he said: "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.

"And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled. From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome.

"Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that."

Featured image credit: Sipa US / Alamy

Johnny Depp officially joins TikTok, already has more than 2 million followers

vt-author-image

By VT

Article saved!Article saved!

Johnny Depp has officially joined TikTok - and he's quickly racking up a following of millions worldwide.

At the time of writing, the 58-year-old actor has amassed 2.6 million followers on the popular video-hosting platform. He has not yet uploaded any videos to the site or followed any of its billion users.

However, he does have a bio, which reads: "Occasional Thespian."

The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory star set up the account just days after he was awarded more than $10 million in his defamation lawsuit against his 36-year-old former wife, Amber Heard.

size-full wp-image-1263157148
Credit: TikTok

The case was over a December 2018 op-ed the Aquaman star wrote for The Washington Post, in which she referred to herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse". She named no names in the article, but Depp maintained that he was defamed in the piece.

He claimed that allegations that he had abused Heard, which were in the public domain before the publication of the op-ed, meant that he was intrinsically linked to the piece despite not being mentioned specifically.

On Wednesday, a seven-person jury awarded Depp $15 million after deciding his ex-wife had defamed him in all three counts of his lawsuit against her.

Jurors found that Depp was entitled to $10 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages of $5 million. However, as Virginia state law caps punitive damages at $350,000, Depp will actually be awarded $10.35 million.

Meanwhile, the jury awarded Heard $2 million in damages based on her $100 million countersuit. She had filed the counterclaim for defamation against Depp over statements his attorney made about her, namely his referring to her abuse allegations as a hoax.

Shortly after winning his case, the actor took to Instagram to share a lengthy statement, in which he said: "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.

"And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled. From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome.

"Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that."

Featured image credit: Sipa US / Alamy