GoFundMe didn’t waste time closing down fake pages after the widely known Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trials.
The website recently removed a fake $1 million fundraising campaign claiming to be raising funds to help Heard repay some of the damage she owes her ex.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Fundraisers claim they raised funds to help Amber Heard pay back Johnny Depp.
The seven-member panel announced the verdict of the sensational trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard on June 1st.
The jury unanimously voted in favor of Depp and awarded him $10 million in damages.
At the same time, Heard was awarded $2 million in damages for defamatory remarks made by Depp’s former attorneys.
Heard now owes the Pirates of the Caribbean actor a total of $8.35 million.
In response to this decision, a fundraising event called ‘Justice for Amber Heard’ created by Kimberly Moore is organized on the GoFundMe website.
Moore noted that she had contacted Heard’s team and promised that the Aquaman actress would have direct access to the funds raised.
The page description read, ‘I believe Amber and social media have protected the abuser. Judgment exceeds her net worth. It is so sad that he can be freed from abuse. The judgment aggravates the abuse. Help her her if you can. She has direct access to her money. I also contacted her lawyer so they can repeat her.’
GoFundMe Removes Fake Pages After Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard Defamation Case
However, the page mentioned above has been identified as a fake page.
It’s still unclear how long the page was running or how much money it was able to raise.
However, a GoFundMe spokesperson said the page was able to close quickly before large sums of money were raised.
It was further noted that Amber Heard and her legal team had marked the fundraising page after determining that it had not been completed.
He added that the platform will keep looking for these types of pages and act accordingly.
Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, said the actress can’t afford to pay the verdict, but she won’t create a GoFundMe page about it.
Bredehoft also argued that he would appeal the jury’s verdict.