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TOPSHOT - US actors Amber Heard (L) and Johnny Depp watch as the jury leaves the courtroom at the end of the day at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, May 16, 2022. - US actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse." (Photo by Steve Helber / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The Evolved Man’s Guide to the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Trial

As we all now know, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard had a tumultuous marriage. Hell, that’s putting it politely. As the former celebrity couple battle it out on the stand during the defamation trial Depp brought against Heard, everyone and their mother is debating about the court proceedings online, casting judgment, and trying to pin the blame on someone – most often Heard.

We here at Mandatory are as guilty of making fun of the courtroom drama as any other outlet. But we’re also capable of higher thinking, and recognize a need for calling bullshit when we see it. Because, all joking aside, there are some serious issues at play here, and a lot of the coverage out there is getting it wrong.

This Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial isn’t just about two famous people who fucked each other over; it’s about how men treat women in relationships and what society lets dudes get away with.

To that end, we’ve created this Evolved Man’s Guide to the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Trial. Read it and rethink what these proceedings actually mean.

Cover Photo: STEVE HELBER / Contributor (Getty Images)


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