Opinion: Why has the internet turned against Amber Heard and is this the end of #MeToo?

THE JURY IS out in the $50 million US defamation suit issued by Johnny Depp against his ex-wife, Amber Heard.

The proceedings stem from Heard’s 2018 opinion piece published in the Washington Post

in which she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse”.

The piece did not name Depp, however, Heard divorced Depp in 2016

and obtained a restraining order against him.

Over the course of the six-week trial, the internet has erupted with an extraordinary backlash against Heard; the actress has been pilloried as a liar and a gold digger.

The online reaction quickly evolved from support for Depp to rage and mocking towards Heard.

Why has the internet turned against Amber Heard? And has this case spelt the end of the #MeToo movement?

The vitriol against Heard is puzzling in many respects. Her allegations against Depp have previously been found to be credible.