The ACLU Must Apologize for Its Role in the Depp-Heard Case

The verdict is in: actress Amber Heard was found guilty in a court of law for defamation — and the ACLU has been found guilty in the court of public opinion for helping her.

At the core of the case: a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which Heard implied her ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp, abused her. Depp denied the allegations, and a jury agreed the cost to his career was worth a $15 million judgement against Heard.

The driving force behind the op-ed: the ACLU. The organization was “involved in conceiving, drafting and placing” the piece, according to testimony from ACLU Chief Operating Officer Terrence Dougherty.

“As a longtime ACLU member and a supporter, I am totally appalled that the ACLU saw this very dysfunctional marriage as a tool to promote its own message, and further its own policies,” Richard Klein, the husband of a former ACLU Director, stated. “The ACLU is a legal organization, and one which is now, it pains me to say, a disgraced group of attorneys.”

Tell ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero to publicly apologize for orchestrating this defamation!






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