Milani Cosmetics intervenes in the lawsuit of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp
Makeup company Milani Cosmetics posted a video on TikTok that appeared to contradict the account Amber Heard’s lawyers presented in actor Johnny Depp’s defamation case. But now a source close to Heard says the lawyer’s words are being interpreted incorrectly.
Heard’s attorneys claimed in their opening statements that she used Milani Cosmetics Conceal + Perfect All-In-One Correction Kit during her relationship with Depp to hide bruises that her attorney said were caused by domestic violence. .
“That’s what she used,” attorney J. Ben Rottenborn said in his opening statement. “She has become very good at it. You are going to hear Amber’s testimony of how she had to mix the different colors for the different days of the bruises as they developed into the different colorations and how she used them to touch up the bruises so she could cover them. ”
Rottenborn and another of Heard’s lawyers, Elaine Bredehoft, held up the makeup kit in court while talking about Heard covering up her alleged bruises. Although they didn’t mention the brand or the kit by name, the gold letters “MILANI” were visible on the front of the product they were holding, and Milani Cosmetics later said it was one of its products.
“It’s what Amber carried in her purse the whole relationship with Johnny Depp,” Bredehoft said while holding the kit. ” She is an actress. Can you honestly think she would have left her apartment without makeup? Do you think she ever wanted other people to see her bruises and cuts? »
But Heard filed for divorce from Depp on May 23, 2016, and the patch kit was released in December 2017, according to Milani Cosmetics.
Milani Cosmetics even posted a TikTok video, which has been viewed more than 5 million times, showing a video from the courtroom juxtaposed with what appear to be internal documents about the release of the kit.
“Milani Cosmetics can confirm that the palette in question – the Milani Cosmetics Conceal + Perfect All-in-One Concealer Kit – was only launched in December 2017,” a Milani Cosmetics spokesperson said in a statement. . “Our video was to verify the claim our eagle-eyed and loyal fanbase made about the product named in the essay.”
The company added that it “takes no formal position on the trial, the evidence, or the future outcome of the case.”
A source close to Heard said her lawyers were simply using the Milani kit as “an example of the type of makeup she used”, adding that “it’s a sad day when a makeup company uses this as an opportunity to shed light on what victims of domestic violence must do to hide the results of the abuse they endure.
Depp is suing Heard for defamation over an essay she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018, in which she said she had become the “public figure representing domestic violence.” Although the article never mentions Depp by name, his lawyers said it indirectly refers to the abuse allegations she made against him during their 2016 divorce. Heard counters attacks Depp by demanding 100 millions of dollars in damages.
The trial in Fairfax County, Va., is expected to last for weeks.
Both Depp and Heard testified that the other had been violent with them during their relationship.
Evidence presented in court shows Depp appears to be threatening Heard with violence, and a recording of Heard includes his statements such as, “I was hitting you. I wasn’t hitting you.
In May 2016, Heard was granted a protective order after claiming Depp punched her in the face with a cellphone. Depp denied becoming violent with Heard. In court documents, Heard claimed she only hit Depp in self-defense or to defend her sister, according to the New York Times.
The case sparked a frenzy among onlookers on social media, many of whom rallied behind Depp. Milani Cosmetics’ TikTok video has fans online excited yet again.
Depp fans hailed the video as hard evidence the defense would lie to make him look bad, but others criticized the company for its involvement, suggesting the company was pursuing influence over the high-profile case. .
“You don’t call it that, that’s one of the many reasons you’re all one of my favorite brands,” read a comment with over 164,000 likes.
The company responded with a laughing emoji and a message that read, “We’re here to provide the facts of the case.”
On Twitter, some suggested that the kit was made available in 2016 and that Heard may have received an early sample of the product. Others argued that the couple would have broken up by then anyway.
But many said they felt uncomfortable about the makeup brand getting into the fray and suggested it did so to get attention.
“Companies involved in this lawsuit for influence @milanicosmetics. Wish you only the worst,” one person tweeted.
Another suggested the prosecution was just giving an example of what Heard might have used, but said Milani Cosmetics’ response was “shameful”.
“The way people are so anti-capitalist fangirls over a brand like milanicosmetics for doing something so totally inappropriate and psychotic against a potential DV victim for the likes and influence is disgusting,” one person wrote.
Still, some took the Milani Cosmetics TikTok video as damning evidence that they recorded themselves going to the courthouse to tell the prosecution.
TikTok user Nuha, who goes by @Devotedly.Yours on the platform, posted a video of herself saying she was at the courthouse in Virginia, and she was shown appearing to walk in the halls looking for Depp’s lawyers.
She then showed an email she claims she sent alerting Depp’s lawyers to the Milani Cosmetics TikTok video. NBC News has reached out to Nuha for comment.
“Now we sit down and see if it’s even useful at all,” Nuha wrote, along with a crossed fingers emoji.
Although she posted a follow-up video saying she hadn’t heard from the lawyers, she said she hoped they would use it.