Tasmanian Greens leader Cassy O'Connor apologizes after tweeting about Johnny Depp/Amanda Heard trial - petsitterbank

Tasmanian Greens leader Cassy O’Connor apologizes after tweeting about Johnny Depp/Amanda Heard trial

Tasmanian Greens leader Cassy O’Connor has apologized for her controversial comments on the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial.

Tasmanian Greens leader Cassy O’Connor has apologized for her controversial comments in support of actor Johnny Depp.

It comes after the MP attracted criticism after sharing and defending her views on the highly publicized defamation trial between Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Ms O’Connor accused Ms Heard of being a “perpetrator” and not a “survivor” on social media but subsequently apologized for the comments after admitting she had watched “too much of the trial”.

“I want to acknowledge, and genuinely apologize for, the hurt and confusion I have caused by allowing myself to be drawn into debate on the evidence in the Depp Heard trial,” Ms O’Connor to Twitter.

“The trial itself has been triggering for victim survivors everywhere, including me.

“To victim survivors, and those who represent them, as well as Greens supporters, I am sorry not to have bitten my tongue in this instance. I had watched too much of the trial.

“I hope my record of advocacy and law reform over the past 14 years will, ultimately, speak for itself.”

Ms O’Connor called Ms Heard “a total fake” during a sitting of Tasmania’s House of Assembly as part of an insult towards Labor MP Michelle O’Byrne.

“Mr Speaker, someone please give Ms O’Byrne an Oscar. What a performance. In fact, she is about as good at that reading as Amber Heard is in the Johnny Depp trial, a total fake,” Ms O’Connor said.

The comment was withdrawn by Ms O’Connor following a point of order from Ms O’Byrne.

When Ms O’Connor was questioned about the comment and views on the trial by concerned social media users, she repeatedly issued her support for Depp.

“Sigh…. I don’t know if you caught much of the trial but the jury was presented with zero evidence Depp physically abused or sexually assaulted Heard. In contrast, they heard audio of her admitting hitting him multiple times & severing his finger from her, viciously verbally abusing him, ”she said in one post.

“Other than Heard’s say so there was no evidence presented to the jury that Depp was physically violent with Heard,” she posted in another tweet.

“The point is, she (Heard) is not a survivor… she’s a perpetrator, and a perjurer across three continents, including Australia.”

Australian feminist author Clementine Ford called Ms O’Connor’s comments “a terrible slap in the face to Tasmanian victim-survivors”.

Depp won his defamation case against Heard after a jury found she had defamed him.

Depp sued Ms Heard after she wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post in 2018 that described her as a “public figure representing domestic abuse”.

The jury also found that Heard had been defamed when Depp’s lawyer called her abuse allegations a hoax.

Depp and Heard were awarded $US10.35m ($A14.39m) and $US2m ($A2.78m) respectively.


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