Drew Barrymore apologizes for 'making light' of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial
Drew Barrymore has issued a public apology for "making light" of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's ongoing legal battle, which she recently referred to as "a seven-layer dip of insanity" on her daytime talk show.
"It has come to my attention that I have offended people with making light of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, and for that I just want to deeply apologize and appreciate everyone who spoke out," Barrymore said in an Instagram video posted Monday.
Calling the incident a "teachable moment for me and how I move forward and how I conduct myself," she added, "I can be a more thoughtful and better person moving forward, because all I want to do is be a good person. And I very much appreciate the depth of this, and I will grow and change from it. And I thank everyone helping me grow along the way and teaching me."
Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard, his ex-wife, over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed chronicling her experiences as a domestic violence survivor. Though she never mentioned him by name, Depp's lawyers have maintained that Heard's references to him were clear and that the op-ed has damaged his career and reputation.
The highly-publicized trial began April 11 in Fairfax, Va., and has been airing on TV and livestreaming online. Depp testified last week, describing a tumultuous relationship with Heard; she is set to take the stand this week.
Barrymore addressed the trial last week on The Drew Barrymore Show, when Black-ish star Anthony Anderson was a guest. "It's like one layer of crazy, it's a seven-layer dip of insanity," she said. "I know that these are two people's real lives and I know what it's like to have your life put out in public. I understand all the feelings, but they are actually offering up this information that nobody had to know. This is crazy!"
Watch Barrymore's mea culpa above.
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