Lily Rose-Depp Explained Why She Didn't Comment On Her Father Johnny Depp's Defamation Trial Against Amber Heard

Warning: This post includes discussion of domestic abuse.

Lily-Rose Depp explained why she chose not to comment on her father Johnny Depp's defamation trial against Amber Heard earlier this year.

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Lily-Rose did not post on her social media throughout the trial — beyond one post marking her 23rd birthday — but it did not stop her previous posts from being the target of harassment from Johnny Depp's supporters.

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After Amber first filed a restraining order against Johnny in 2016, Lily-Rose did post on Instagram in support of her father when she was 17 — calling him the "sweetest most loving person." She has since deleted the post, and in recent years, she has only vaguely referred to him during an interview.

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That being said, Lily-Rose's name did come up in the trial. Amber testified that she comforted a "panicky" 14-year-old Lily-Rose after a "scary" incident where Johnny allegedly drunkenly jumped off a boat. Afterward, Amber alleged that Johnny turned violent and threatened to kill her for "telling on him and calling him a drunk in front of his kids."

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Then, a week after the trial, Johnny made headlines for selling NFTs of Lily-Rose with the words “Silence. Exile. Cunning" and “Words become feeble" across her face — which some interpreted as referring to Lily-Rose's lack of comment on the trial.

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A spokesperson for Johnny Depp told BuzzFeed News that the words were "in no way" intended as a remark on his daughter, and that the words used in the art were made separately and then randomized.

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Ahead of her role in the HBO show The Idol, Lily-Rose told Elle why she decided not to address the coverage surrounding her father. "When it’s something that’s so private and so personal that all of a sudden becomes not so personal. … I feel really entitled to my secret garden of thoughts," she said.

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"I also think that I’m not here to answer for anybody, and I feel like for a lot of my career, people have really wanted to define me by the men in my life, whether that’s my family members or my boyfriends, whatever."

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"I’m really ready to be defined for the things that I put out there," she said.

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You can read Lily-Rose's full interview with Elle here.

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