“As Johnny Depp says he’s ‘moving forward,’ women’s rights are moving backward,” a spokesperson for Heard said in a statement (via People).
“The verdict’s message to victims of domestic violence is … be afraid to stand up and speak out.”
Heard, 36, also addressed the future of women’s rights in her immediate statement following her loss to Depp, 58, in court last week.
“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence and sway of my ex-husband,” Heard said at the time.
“I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women,” she continued, calling the jury’s decision a “setback.”
“It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously.”