A controversial cameo. Johnny Depp joined the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards as a hologram astronaut — and Amber Heard‘s sister made it clear she doesn’t approve of the appearance.
Whitney Henriquez took her Instagram Stories to share the prerecorded parts of the awards show on Sunday, August 28. “@MTV you’re disgusting and clearly desperate! I really hope that none of the people that made this call have daughters…” the 34-year-old captioned a photo that read “I Stand With Amber Heard.”
Henriquez also included the hashtag “DVMAs,” seemingly making a reference to domestic violence.
Depp, 59 years old, was seen several times in virtual form during the awards broadcast. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor channeled the VMAs trophy — a Moonperson — and hung from the ceiling of the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. “You know what? I needed the work,” he teased before the first award of the night was announced.
At a later point in the ceremony, Depp returned with another quip: “Hey VMAs, let’s get back to the f–king music, shall we?”
The Sweeney Todd star made fun of taking odd jobs towards the end. “I just want you guys to know that I’m available for birthdays, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, weddings, wakes — any old thing you need. Anything. You name it,” he said. “Oh! I’m also a dentist.”
The VMAs were one of Depp’s first major public appearances since winning his defamation case against Heard, 36, in June. The couple was married from 2015 to 2017, but the drama continued after their divorce when Heard wrote an opinion for the newspaper. Washington PostIn 2018, she identified herself as a survivor from domestic abuse. While she didn’t specifically name Depp, the Edward ScissorhandsActor sued his ex-wife for $50 million
After several weeks in court the jury reached a verdict June 1. Depp was awarded $10m in compensatory damages and an additional $5m in punitive damages. However, the Aquaman star’s payment was reduced to $10.53 million due to a Virginia state law that limits punitive damages.
Heard received $2 million in compensatory damages as a result of her counterclaim against Hollywood Undead rocker. She discussed her “disappointment” in a statement shared with Us Weekly shortly after the verdict made headlines. “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 Texas native said. “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.”
The Drive AngryLater, the actress hired a new legal team. “She is not able to comprehend that she lost,” a source told UseJuly. “She is 100 percent appealing on freedom of speech and is telling friends she is determined to take it all the way to the Supreme Court if she has to.”
Henriquez stood by her sister to support her during the trial. She accused Depp of trying to control Heard throughout their relationship. When asked why she didn’t step in sooner to help the Justice League star, Henriquez replied, “That’s really oversimplifying something that’s far from simple. Amber and Johnny were very in love. She’s telling me that she wants something. Whether or not I agreed to it or not, whether or not I was OK with what was happening, it wasn’t my place.”
For confidential support, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 if you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence.