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Amber Heard, Johnny Depp verdict marks a course correction for #metoo movement

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A jury has ruled in favor of Johnny Depp in his libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard. After reaching the verdict, the jury read out it’s findings in the courtroom:

“Has Mr. Depp proven all the elements of defamation, answer: yes!
Has Mr. Depp proven by greater weight of the evidence that question the statement made by Ms Heard in public, answer: yes!
The statement was about Mr. Depp, answer yes!
The statement was false, answer: yes!”

While reading the damning verdict in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial the jury not only established the allegations of domestic abuse as false it also opened the doors to other such claims resulting from #metoo allegations. The defamation verdict going in favor of the ‘lovable pirate’ marks a shift in the perception and the narrative that the accuser is always right and must be given full, unquestioned hearing, now stands under a serious doubt. The Washington Post which allowed Amber Heard it’s platform to air one-sided version of events, which now stand proven as false, would likely think twice before doing the same when another ‘victim’ steps forward accusing a celebrity of abuse.

The jury awarded Johnny Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. It also granted a win to Amber Heard for a $2 million defamation case against Depp’s lawyers accusing her of creating a hoax and planting evidence to accuse him of violence.

While that may seem like a balanced result, the fact is the verdict tilted in favor of Johnny Depp, much like public perception has during the six-week trial.

Amber Heard has claimed death threats against her by fans of the Hollywood star, and many experts, including one who testified in court, believe the sentiment on social media has been one-sided in favor of Depp.

In Intimate Partner Violence, or IPV, much of what happens is behind closed doors. The onus of proof largely depends on how the case would go. In this case, it was on Johnny Depp to prove he never assaulted Amber Heard, and he was able to do that not by producing much evidence but by showing the lack of evidence on the side of Amber Heard.

This has been something which has sparked debate regarding the #metoo movement from the start. The message is clear, if you are the victim, then you better have something to show for it, or else the accuser also stands to counter sue you and make you pay. Considering how high profile many of these cases are, the defamation suits can be really severe in the compensation that can be awarded.

Many legal experts feel the trial in such cases simply comes down to ‘perception’. Amber Heard, for instance, didn’t come across as a credible witness as she overdramatized and exaggerated her story during the trial. Many of her reactions, expressions, and statements have become popular memes on social media, and while the jury is expected to be insulated from public opinion, chances are if the audience is finding something as ‘fake’ then many in the jury might do the same. During the trial many facets of both Johnny Depp’s and Amber Heard’s private lives were allowed to be made public. All this drives opinion and the jury is not immune to that.

Amber Heard’s lawyers have already made it clear that they will be challenging the verdict which they have termed ‘inconsistent’, however for now the message is, men can be victims too.

Written by: Raghav Chopra, Senior Journalist
(Special to Headline.ae)

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SRK dances to ‘Pathaan’, ‘Jawan’ songs, speaks about “Naari Shakti”

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], February 23 (ANI): The Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024 opening ceremony at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru was a star-studded event.

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan captivated the audiences with his power-packed performance at the grand event.

The King Khan started his performance with a long speech about “Naari-Shakti”.

He said, “Welcome to the Women’s Premiere League 2024. Hamara desh sadiyon se hi naari Shakti pr depend krta hai, chahe wo bharat maa ho, dharti maa ho, Shakti maa ho, devi maa ho ya hmare gharon mein baithi hui hmari pyari pyari maa ho. Women have been running companies as CEOs, they have been running households as mothers and nurturing children. Women have always ruled.”SRK appreciated women for “challenging all stereotypes” and wished WPL teams good luck for the upcoming matches.

“Aur jis desh ki neev naari Shakti pr aadhaarit ho wahan pr mahilaaon ko koi nahi rok sakta. So they are going to break all the walls and challenge all stereotypes. Aur agar har field mein itni unnati kar chuki hain to sports mein kyu nahi? Aur yahi khayal tha WPL ke initiative ka by BCCI under the auspices of Mr Jay Shah. The next 30 days is not only about women and their power, it’s not only about cricket and the goodness of sports, it’s about the rise of women to carve a place for themselves, the rise of Queens in their Queendom,” he added.

SRK then started his performance in ‘Pathaan’ style and said, “Party agar Pathaan ke ghar rakhoge toh mehmaan nawazi ke liye Pathaan toh aaega hi.”The superstar then grooved to ‘Jhomme Jo Pathaan’ and ‘Not Ramaiya Vastavaiya’.

The ‘Don’ actor wore an all-black outfit. He looked stylish in a black deep-neck shirt with golden buttons on it paired with matching black pants.

He was seen in long hair look and accessorized his look with a golden and black belt and black shades.

Several pictures and videos of SRK performing at the opening ceremony went viral on social media.

Not only SRK, but actors Kartik Aaryan, Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Tiger Shroff, and Sidharth Malhotra also performed at the opening ceremony.

The tournament will go on till March 17 and will be held in Bengaluru and Delhi.

The summit clash will take place on March 17 in New Delhi while the eliminator will be played on March 15. The tournament will be hosted by Delhi and Bengaluru. (ANI)

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Sidharth Malhotra romances Raashii Khanna in teaser of ‘Zindagi Tere Naam’ song

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 23 (ANI): The teaser of ‘Zindagi Tere Naam’ song from ‘Yodha’ movie has been unveiled. It shows Sidharth Malhotra and Raashii Khanna in a romantic avatar.

The lyrics of the song are penned by Kaushal Kishore and it is sung by Vishal Mishra.

From drinking tea together to enjoying a bike ride, Sidharth and Raashii weaved magic in their romantic moments captured against the backdrop of mountains.

Sharing the teaser’s link, Sidharth took to Instagram and wrote, ” Love’s magic takes the Yodha to fearless flights. ZindagiTereNaam out tomorrow at 3PM.”The whole track will be out on Saturday afternoon.

Helmed by Sagar Ambre and Pushkar Ojha, the film is all set to hit the theatres on March 15 this year.

Talking about ‘Yodha’ Sidharth earlier said, “As an artist, you would want to work on scripts that bring out the best in you. This truly unveiled a newer version of me, which I am very thankful for. The amount of love I have received from audiences and fans is magical. I can’t wait to showcase what Yodha has for them.”Earlier the film was first scheduled to release on November 11, 2022 and the makers pushed the release date to July 2023, September 15, December 15 and then moved it to December 8. Now, the film is set to release on March 15, 2024.

Meanwhile, Sidharth was recently seen in the web series ‘Indian Police Force’ alongside Vivek Oberoi and Shilpa Shetty. Helmed by Rohit Shetty, the series is streaming on an OTT platform. (ANI)

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Salman Khan grabs eyeballs with his funky airport look, wears pants with his face painted on back

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 23 (ANI): Superstar Salman Khan is one such actor who does not prefer to experiment too much with his style. However, his latest appearance at the Mumbai airport saw him in a completely fashionable avatar.

The ‘Dabangg’ star arrived at the airport in the early hours of Friday wearing a blue t-shirt that he paired with a black varsity jacket and white trousers. His white pants caught everyone’s attention as it had his face painted at the back. He completed his look with a vintage baker boy cap and black shoes.

Salman’s funky look left everyone impressed.

Reacting to his appearance, a social media user commented, “Bhai ka swag ekdum alag hai.””Hahaha…do do bhai,” another one wrote.

Salman was seen in a fun mood. He shared a laugh with those who met him outside the airport. He also met politician Baba Siddique and his son Zeeshan at the airport.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Salman is currently basking in the success of his action thriller film ‘Tiger 3’.

Helmed by Maneesh Sharma, ‘Tiger 3’ was released in theatres on November 12, 2023. It is now streaming on Prime Video. The film also starred Katrina Kaif and Emraan Hashmi in the lead roles.

Talking exclusively about the massive box office collection of ‘Tiger 3’, Salman told ANI, “It was Diwali time and the World Cup was going on and everyone’s interest was in that but despite that the numbers that we have received are wonderful…we’re very grateful and happy about it.”Reportedly, he will be next seen in director Vishnuvardhan’s upcoming film ‘The Bull’.However, an official announcement of the film is still awaited. He also has ‘Tiger vs Pathaan’ in his kitty with superstar Shah Rukh Khan. (ANI)

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