Fact Check: Did Amber Heard Lift Testimony From ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’?

The media circus surrounding the trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard continued this week as the actress gave her testimony under much scrutiny on social media.

Amid accusations of performing for the jury, a rumor spread on social media that Heard was quoting speeches from movies while giving her testimony.

The 36-year-old was accused and subsequently criticized for reciting a verbatim monologue from the film. The talented Mr. Ripley.

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People say Amber Heard (right, in court as part of her 2022 libel trial) excerpted lines from a speech Gwyneth Paltrow’s character (left in 2000) makes in “The Talented Mr. Ripley” during her testimony . Heard is being sued for defamation by Johnny Depp.
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the claim

On Thursday, May 6, Amber Heard testified before a jury as part of Johnny Depp’s libel trial against her in Fairfax, Virginia.

The actress detailed cases of alleged abuse at the hands of her ex-husband and also spoke about other aspects of their relationship.

A rumor spread on Twitter that Heard took lines from the film. The talented Mr. Ripley while giving his testimony.

A claim from Twitter user @TheBuzzerUK said: “See below, parts of yesterday’s testimony from Amber Heard are straight from the film, The talented Mr. Ripley.”

While another claim came from @AuditTheAbsurd, who tweeted: “OMFG. Check this out. Amber Heard on the stand yesterday and what she said compared to the lines on The talented Mr. Ripley. Holy shit, this is INSANE. #JusticeForJohnnyDepp.”

This tweet showed a side-by-side comparison of the quote from the movie with a quote that claims to be lines from Heard’s testimony.

The movie quote is: “The thing with Dickie… it’s like the sun shines on you, and it’s glorious. And then he forgets you and it’s really, really cold… When you have his attention, you feel like you’re the only person in the world, so everyone loves that so much.”

While Heard was accused of saying this in her testimony: “The Johnny thing… it’s like the sun hits you, and it’s glorious. And then it forgets you and it’s very, very cold…”

Many Twitter users shared screenshots purporting to compare Heard’s testimony to dialogue from the film’s script.

The facts

Amber Heard did not cite the film. The talented Mr. Ripley during his testimony and the rumors made on social networks were spread without any evidence.

news week can confirm from a fact-checking analysis of Heard’s testimony that she did not say the lines in the film.

Some of the sentiments in her testimony contain similar language, which may have led to the rumor spreading so quickly on social media.

“When I was with Johnny, I felt like the most beautiful person in the world, then he would disappear.” heard in his testimony.

Elsewhere in her testimony, she describes how Depp made her feel like a “million bucks.”


Fact Check - False


The rumor that Amber Heard quoted the movie The Talented Mr. Ripley in her testimony is false, those phrases were not spoken during her testimony.



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