One of them even has a sign around their neck that read: "We’re with you Johnny."
The Johnny Depp - Amber Heard has been developing with the same intensity of a soap opera, something the attorneys had noted as the trial had begun. It has taken several twists but the most bizarre development has been outside the courtroom as alpacas have joined the discourse.
Andrea Diaz of Lorton, Virginia is a fan of Depp. She has been following the trial much like the rest of us. But she decided to show her support to the Pirates of the Caribbean actor by bringing along with her, Dolce and Inti. Dolce and Inti are emotional support alpacas Diaz hopes will be able to cheer Depp up.
Diaz, who owns pet company My Pet Alpaca, believes the trial is "really messed up." Speaking to The Washington Post, Diaz shared, “I thought the alpacas might brighten his day.” She is aware of the fact that Depp may not actually ever see Dolce and Inti who are dressed up festively. One of them even has a sign around their neck that read, "We’re with you Johnny" along with a heart drawn on it. The 58-year-old currently enters and exits the courthouse through a gated back entrance and may not be able to see Diaz's alpacas. “But I figured I would just give it a shot,” she added optimistically.
Diaz started a business during the coronavirus pandemic of bringing alpacas to kids’ houses to raise their spirits. She wants to do the same for Depp and is not the only fan who has been making their way to the Fairfax courtroom to show their support. “He deserves justice after all this time. It must be horrible to have your life exposed like this for the world to see,” Diaz shared with Bored Panda. She does not seem to be buying Heard's side of the story as she says, “her lawyers seem to be all over the place and not have any evidence.” She added to Depp, “I hope everything goes well, we’re here for you.”
The defamation trial by Depp against his ex-wife started in April and has been revisiting a lot of the events that lead up to the Washington Post op-ed she wrote about being a victim of domestic violence. Depp has filed a $50 million lawsuit claiming the article is "defamation by implication" after denying all the abuse allegations. At the outset of the trial, Heard also accused Depp of sexual abuse in addition to the physical abuse she suffered during their marriage. “You’re going to see who the real Johnny Depp is — behind the fame, behind the pirate costumes. Because Johnny Depp brought this case, all of this is going to come out,” Heard's lawyer, J. Benjamin Rottenborn had stated.
Depp's representative countered this by saying, "These fictitious claims were never made at the onset of Amber's allegations in 2016, and only advantageously surfaced years later once she was sued for defamation after noting in her op-ed that she was a victim of 'sexual violence.' Words are key in a defamation case and conveniently, this allegation only came after that." The trial will be entering its fourth week.