Gloria Steinem is Team Amber Heard.
The political activist, 88, was among 130 signatures from several feminist groups who penned an open letter to the 36-year-old, troubled actress on Wednesday, supporting her against the “public humiliation” she has experienced since she lost her lost a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit against ex-husband Johnny Depp.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Ziering (“The Invisible War”) also signed the letter.
After a lengthy and high-profile trial earlier this year, Heard was found guilty of defaming Depp in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed, in which she accused the Pirates of the Caribbean star of domestic abuse.
Heard was ordered to pay her alleged abuser a $10.35 million judgment. Depp has appealed part of the verdict in his lawsuit, arguing that the only defamation charge she won in her bombshell trial was a “wrong” decision – and that the jury was “overwhelmingly” in his favour.
The letter said: “Five months ago, the verdict in the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard deeply disturbed many professionals in the fields of intimate partnership and sexual violence…”
“The defamation of Ms Heard and the ongoing online harassment of her and those who have expressed her support have been unprecedented in both its sharpness and scale.”
“Much of this harassment has been fueled by disinformation, misogyny, biphobia and a monetized social media environment that has mocked a woman’s allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault for entertainment,” the lengthy statement continued.
“The same disinformation and victim-blaming tropes are now being used against others who committed alleged abuse.”
“In our opinion, the judgment in Depp v. Heard and the continued discourse about it points to a fundamental misunderstanding of intimate partner violence and sexual violence and how survivors respond.”
“We have grave concerns about the increasing use of defamation lawsuits to threaten and silence survivors.”
“We condemn and together support Amber Heard’s public disgrace. We support everyone’s ability to report intimate partner sexual violence without harassment or intimidation,” the letter concluded.
The Post has reached out to representatives from Heard and Depp for comment.
Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp defended the silence on the entire Heard ordeal in the December 2022/January 2023 Elle cover story, which was published Wednesday.
“If it’s something so private and personal that suddenly doesn’t feel so personal… I feel really entitled to have my secret mind garden,” the actress told the mag.
“I feel like for much of my career, people have really wanted to define me through the men in my life, whether that’s my family members or my friends, whatever,” Lily-Rose added. “And I’m really ready to define myself for the things that I put out there.”