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Crisis PR Expert: Amber Heard And Jussie Smollett Are Paying The Price For ‘Shocking Arrogance’

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Amber Heard And Jussie Smollett  traded short-term publicity and attention for long-term reputation damage

A stark warning to celebrities and all those looking for attention: Before proclaiming victimhood, you better have the facts on your side.

Two high-profile legal matters from the past year have driven home that point: the Amber Heard-Johnny Depp defamation trial and the lurid case of actor Jussie Smollett’s staged hate crime. At first glance, those two cases may seem as different as they can be — one involving a Black man in Chicago and the other a white woman in Los Angeles. But deeper examination reveals a common thread and potent lesson.

In both instances, young, ambitious actors tried co-opting current social movements to garner sympathy and advance their careers. In the end, both failed miserably when the truth prevailed and have been forced to pay a high price.

For Amber Heard, that price will be monetary as well as reputational. Although Depp’s ex-wife cloaked herself in the flag of domestic and sexual abuse, videotapes and audio recording presented in court painted a very different picture. The jury sided with Depp, awarding him $10.4 million in damages while Depp was ordered to pay Heard $2 million in compensatory damages on one of her three counterclaims of defamation. (She is appealing the verdict.)

Heard made a conscious decision to step onto the public stage as a victim of abuse. She claimed she was speaking the truth by revealing what happened to her, but in the end, the jury decided she mostly lied. Incredibly, the evidence that was presented in court showcased her not as the abused, but as the abuser.

Heard’s actions will negatively impact her acting career. But more importantly, they likely have caused lasting damage to the #MeToo movement itself, which is aimed at empowering and showing survivors of sexual abuse that they are not alone. Moving forward, how many women — or men — will hesitate to come forward and confront their abusers out of fear or being labeled a disingenuous or dishonest “Amber Heard?”

Jussie Smollett, the former “Empire” actor, attempted to elevate his own fame by wrapping himself in the flag of the Black Lives Matter movement. He initially received a short-term bump in the media as an outraged public clamored to show support for the previously little-known actor.

In the end, Smollett’s claims that two men attacked him, used racist slurs, put a noose around his neck, doused him with bleach and told him “This is MAGA country,” fell apart in court under close examination. He ended up with a five-monthjail sentence and $145,000 fine after being convicted on five felony counts of lying to police. (He is appealing the verdict.)

Both Heard and Smollett willingly injected themselves into highly sensitive debates on social movements taking place in America. Both displayed a shocking sense of arrogance by believing they could tell false stories and get away with them. And both traded short-term publicity and attention for long-term reputation damage that has permanently branded them both as manipulative and dishonest.

Their cases should prove a warning to celebrities, social media influencers and would-be famous people everywhere: You cannot tell lies and hold yourself out as victims when the facts don’t back you up. For average people not living in the public eye, both cases are reminders to be very careful about what you make public, because as quickly as you became famous, you can even more rapidly become infamous.

Amber Heard and Jussie Smollett badly miscalculated their respective gambits. They have already paid steep prices and will continue to do so for some time in terms of both revenue and reputation. But the ultimate losers will be the social movements and legitimate victims of sexual or racist abuse who may decline to step forward for fear of being called liars.

The hubris of these young performers has clearly shown that truth still matters in America; and seeking fame at all costs is ultimately not worth the steep price.

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Johnny Depp is the most searched celebrity of 2022, not Amber Heard; the CelebTattler report might be wrong

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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard became the most searched celebrities of 2022, according to Google Trends and CelebTattler.

The ex-couple took over the Internet from April to June, and people all over the world flooded the live stream on YouTube to see the first time an A-list celebrity court drama.

CelebTattler claims that Amber Heard is the most searched celebrity of 2022 and Johnny Depp is in second place, but we did our own research and found that Johnny Depp is the most searched celebrity in the U.S. and not Amber Heard according to Google Trends.

Amber Heard never came close to reaching Johnny Depp via Google search.

not in the past 12 months,

not in the past 90 days,

&

not in the past 30 days

Johnny Depp won the trial and was awarded $15 million, while Amber Heard reaped $2 million. Both actors are back once again to face each other as Johnny Depp and Amber Heard challenge the jury’s decision.

Depp was found guilty on one count, and Amber Heard was found guilty on three counts.

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Johnny Depp supports solar energy: Depp has transformed his island into a self-Sustained oasis ran on hydrogen solar cells

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Whether he’s buying a private island or solar hydrogen technology, Johnny Depp is living off the grid. The actor has a $3 million private island. Depp converted his 35-acre island to solar hydrogen technology, comparing it to Marlon Brando’s Tahitian paradise. The Depp Solar Power Home is a beautiful example of how solar energy can help the actors save money.
A yacht is just one of Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp’s extravagant purchases. Photo: @jwoods1996/Instagram
A yacht is just one of Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp’s extravagant purchases. Photo: @jwoods1996/Instagram

He has five Hollywood Hills homes worth US$19 million

According to Hello!, Depp owns five neighbouring homes that he decided to turn into one huge private compound in the posh Hollywood Hills, collectively covering an area of 7,430 sq ft.

The largest mansion is worth over US$19 million and boasts eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, and the interior design is reportedly classic 1920s gothic. In total, all of the houses together add up to almost 40 bedrooms, according to Squareyards.com.

In 2021, an intruder broke into Depp’s mansion and reportedly took a shower and made himself a drink inside before the police came to root him out. And that wasn’t the first time someone tried to break into houses on the estate. Just a few months prior, in late 2020, a woman had also tried to break in, but fled when she realised she’d triggered the security system.

Johnny Depp’s Hollywood Hills mega mansion is decked out in gothic style. Photo: AP
Johnny Depp’s Hollywood Hills mega mansion is decked out in gothic style. Photo: AP

Depp bought the main house, which is nestled in a 1.6-hectare (four-acre) eucalyptus grove, for just US$1.8 million back in 1995. There were also reports suggesting the actor planned to build a connecting underground tunnel linking all of the properties together, but that is yet to be confirmed.

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Man Discovers He’s Johnny Depp’s Twin After Shaving Beard: ‘Deppelganger’

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A New York man bearing an uncanny resemblance to Johnny Depp has gone viral on Reddit.

Bronson Fuentes is a photographer and videographer by trade, but it’s his own picture that is attracting attention online after he posted a “Depp’s doppelgänger” selfie.

The idea that there’s a stranger who looks just like you, somewhere on the planet, is the stuff of stories. In reality, it’s thought to be extraordinarily rare. A 2015 study by scientists at the University of Adelaide estimated that there’s only a 1 in 135 chance that a single pair of exact doppelgängers exists in the entire world.

Fuentes began to draw Depp comparisons sometime “around 2010,” he told Newsweek. He even recalled the first time. “I was walking through the halls at college and some random dude stopped me and exclaimed: ‘Whoa! Has anyone ever told you that you looked like Johnny Depp?’ I was confused at first but thanked him anyway. It just kind of snowballed from there.”

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The picture Bronson Fuentes shared to Reddit – many were quick to note the striking similarities with Depp.BRONSON FUENTES/REDDIT

Although he admitted to being flattered by the comparison, he tried “not to pay too much attention to it” and got on with his life. “I don’t try to go out of my way to look like another human,” he said. “Although, one year I dressed up as a pirate for Halloween and lots of people were almost freaked out about how much I resembled Captain Jack Sparrow.”

Fuentes said he decided to take things a step further during Depp’s high-profile court battle against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

“I literally was just bored one day and thought to myself, ‘Hmm… I wonder if I shaved my facial hair like him, if I would actually see it for myself.’ I never really saw it before I shaved.”

The results were “certainly a surprise,” he said. Even more surprising was the reaction when he posted the image on Reddit. The image racked up about 10,000 interactions, with one fan dubbing him a “Deppelgänger” and another calling him “Johnny Depp’s stunt double.”

One Redditor wrote: “At first glance, I thought it was Johnny.”

Another posted: “A little eyeliner and you are there bro. This will simplify Halloween for the foreseeable future.”

This being the internet, there were plenty of Redditors ready to offer jokey takes. “He looks like the Johnny Depp from Wish,” quipped one. Another suggested that Fuentes “looks like Johnny’s brother Ronnie” and a third said he was more like “Johnny Derp.”

Multiple commenters said he looks more like Scream actor Skeet Ulrich.

Despite the online doubters, Fuentes said that in real life, he’s had plenty of instances of mistaken identity since he trimmed his facial hair.

“I went to my local liquor store with it shaved and my guy who always takes care of me had to do a triple take when looking at me at first, which was hilarious,” he said. “The drive-thru getting coffee was funny too. The guy giving me my drink freaked out at first thinking he was giving coffee to Johnny Depp.”

Although the jury was, quite literally, out on Depp at the time of writing, Fuentes sees the similarity as more of a blessing than a curse. “I’ll take what I can get in the looks department as I’m not a vain man,” he said. “I wish Johnny the best of luck in his trial.”

In any case, his focus remains fixed on his photo and video production company, Gjallarhorn Productions, as well as his girlfriend and two cats with whom he lives in Upstate New York. “I’m huge into nature and animals and really aspire to shoot for National Geographic someday,” he said. “I like to think I was set here on this earth to spread positivity.

“There’s lots of hate and horrible things going on in this world. It’s very easy to lose sight of all the beautiful things around us and I just want to showcase that to as many people as possible. If I can make someone smile at least once a day, I can sleep well at night.”

He may not have planned it like this, but this one picture has already made a few people smile.

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