The posts circulating social media falsely maintain that Heard reenacted a scene featuring Gwyneth Paltrow’s character

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After actress Amber Heard took the stand to face libel allegations leveled by Johnny Depp, thousands of people supporting her ex-husband flooded social media to make wild claims about her testimony, including accusations that she plagiarized lines from the movie The Talented Mr. Ripley and used cocaine in front of jurors.

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During her testimony last week, Heard painted a picture of an allegedly controlling and physically violent Depp, who, as he was known to the world as one of Hollywood’s biggest film stars, was a Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde-like “monster” behind closed doors.

The first time Depp allegedly hit her was after she laughed at a tattoo on his arm.

“I had never been hit like that. I just stared at him. I didn’t say anything or react,” she said. “I just stared at him. I have slapped myself one more time, hard. I lost my balance and all of a sudden I realized that the worst thing happened to me that could happen… He just hit me.”

Amber Heard testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday May 4, 2022.
Amber Heard testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday May 4, 2022. Photo by Elizabeth Frantz /Pool Photo via AP

But when she spoke about their relationship, social media users falsely accused Heard of ripping off a line from the 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley, a psychological thriller that starred Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. The movie centers on the relationship between a brash millionaire, Dickie Greenleaf (Law) and a murderous impersonator, Tom Ripley (Damon).

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Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow in the Talented Mr. Ripley.
Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow in the Talented Mr. Ripley.

The posts circulating Twitter falsely maintained that Heard reenacted a scene in which Paltrow’s character said: “The thing with Dickie… it’s like the sun shines on you, and it’s glorious. And then he forgets you and it’s very, very cold… When you have his attention from him, you feel like you’re the only person in the world, that’s why everybody loves him so much.

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Breitbart reporter Alana Mastrangelo tweeted a video of Heard on the stand and a scene from the film, saying, “A lot of people reacted to Heard’s testimony saying it gave off strong Talented Mr Ripley vibes… this tweet is meant to show you what she actually said, along with what was said in the movie, and allow you to decide for yourself.”

According to Page Sixthe NotSkinnyButNotFat podcast pointed out on Instagram that Jennifer Garner once used a similar quote to speak about her ex-husband Ben Affleck.

In 2016, Garner opened up to Vanity Fair on her relationship with Affleck, saying, “I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow.”

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Another false claim came from @AuditTheAbsurd, who circulated a fake transcript along with the words: “OMFG. Check this out. Amber Heard on the stand yesterday and what she said compared to the lines in The Talented Mr Ripley. Holy smokes this is CRAZY. #JusticeForJohnnyDepp.”

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“Remember the movie The Talented Mr. Ripley? Well yesterday Amber Heard got on the witness stand & repeated these lines word for f—ing word!” another Twitter user wrote.

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But the website snoops searched news articles about the trial and found no reputable sources reporting that Heard had said these words.

Other Depp supporters on social media, accused Heard of mimicking Amy Dunne from gone girl, which was about a woman who staged her own disappearance and framed her husband to keep him from leaving her. Some also claimed she lifted a line from Julia Roberts’ Notting Hill.

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But snoops determined the idea she was stealing movie quotes were “implausible.”

“Those spreading these rumors appear to be actively searching for evidence to support a belief that they had already decided: that Heard was “acting” during her testimony in the trial,” they wrote.

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the Associated Press also examined Heard’s two-day testimony and found no evidence she had stolen quotes “verbatim” from The Talented Ripley.

In her testimony, Heard said Depp made her feel “like the most beautiful person in the world” at points during their relationship, which began in 2011 when they were promoting The Rum Diary before ending in divorce in 2016.

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