The Johnny Depp/Amber Heard defamation trial pulled in millions of viewers from around the world, each of them desperate to know the intimate details of the celebrity breakup that has been a global talking point for months now.
Throughout the trial, hundreds of hours of witness testimony and video footage was sifted through, with some familiar faces being called to testify (including Kate Moss). At some point during the six-week trial, an old video of Johnny Depp and Dakota Johnson resurfaced and quickly turned viral thanks to TikTok.
Johnson, however, has officially stated for the record that she doesn’t want any involvement in the online chatter surrounding this trial.
In the viral video, which takes place in 2015 at the Venice Film Festival, both actors are engaging in a round table discussion while promoting their film, Black Mass.
Johnson appears to lean over and ask Johnny what happened to his finger, before he responds with something indistinguishable that makes her laugh. Later, she can be seen looking over at him with a semi-puzzled expression.
Fans were quick to speculate that Johnson knew something was wrong with Depp, layering the video with the ‘She Knows’ audio. A YouTube upload of the video titled The EXACT moment Dakota Johnson KNEW Amber Heard was VIOLENT towards Johnny Depp, has now amassed over 4 million views.
The actress, however, recently told Vanity Fair that she doesn’t even remember this exchange taking place, and that she’d like to be kept out of any and all related drama.
“I was like, ‘For the love of God, why? Why am I involved in this?’she told the outlet. “I don’t remember that at all, but please, take me out of this. Don’t let this go further,” she said of the video resurfacing. “Can you imagine, oh, my God, if I was called to the witness stand?”
Johnson then went on to criticise the highly publicised nature of the trial, and the way in which the world reacted to it online.
“I can’t believe that people are watching [the trial] like it’s a show. It’s like it’s a courtroom drama and my heart breaks. It’s so, so, so crazy. Humans are so f—ing weird. The internet is a wild, wild place,” she said.
Depp’s severed finger was a large focal point of the case, with the actor alleging that Heard had thrown a vodka bottle at him, causing the tip of his finger to slice off. Heard denied the allegation, claiming that she later found him with a bleeding finger as he wrote on the walls with blood and paint. Depp said his “mangled” right middle finger was left “funny-looking” after the incident.
After expressing her disdain for being dragged into matters, Johnson went on to discuss cancel culture at large with the publication, revealing that she struggles with the concept.
“No person will not make mistakes in their life,” she said. “The point of being alive is figuring it out. Hurting other people, harming other people is not okay, there are consequences for those actions. But the concept of the Twitterverse deciding if someone just all of a sudden doesn’t exist anymore is horrifying, heartbreaking and wrong.”