Tasmanian Greens leader Cassy O’Connor has apologised for “the hurt and confusion” caused by her comments made in support of Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp.
Australian media reported that she also raised the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial in state parliament, interjecting during a debate to criticise Labor MP Michelle O’Byrne, whom Ms O’Connor said was “about as good at that lectern as Amber Heard is in the Johnny Depp trial, a total fake”. Cassy O’Connor was asked to withdraw the comment after Ms O’Byrne raised a point of order.
Cassy O’Connor said in a social media post that she had “watched too much” of the defamation trial involving Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard.
She posted on Twitter: “I acknowledge the trial & verdict have been weaponised by those who hate women, abusers, & hard right elements.”
Johnny Depp won his US defamation case against Amber Heard and was awarded $US10.35 million. The seven-member jury found a statement that Amber Heard made about domestic abuse in a 2018 opinion piece published in the Washington Post clearly referred to Johnny Depp.
The jury also found that Amber Heard was also defamed by Johnny Depp’s lawyer when he called her abuse allegations a hoax and awarded her $US2 million.
Melbourne-based writer Danielle Binks tweeted: “That’s not an apology from Cassy O’Connor.”
Jeffrey Blackman tweeted “Surprising to see a Green saying this although society is all for man bashing.”