In the middle of a defamation trial, Johnny Depp received support from an organization fighting abuse, led by former Miss Italy.
The group, Mission NGO, is led by former Miss Italy Valeria Altobelli. She expressed "compassion" towards the actor in the midst of his trial with his ex-wife.
"Violence is a serious topic. As women, as mothers, we have the duty and the responsibility to educate our sons and daughters, that's to say, the future generation, in the light of the values of dialogue, respect, and compassion between men and women, without any gender distinction, in order to prevent violence with the weapons of love and education."
"In deep respect of the victims of domestic abuses that we have to affirm for intellectual honesty are, generally, WOMEN, we feel to express, as women, as mothers, as free thinkers, our compassion for Johnny Depp in this bad page of his personal history."
In an open letter, she added:
"As women, we have compassion, and we feel empathy not for THE star, THE talent, THE actor but for a man, a father, a worker, A HUMAN."
"Mental Health is something we have to care about to live in a positive environment where women and men can love and respect each other without any kind of abuse and violence. We are human, and we have to find the HUMANITY we are born to live for."
Mission NGO is a non-profit organization that "supports women and children worldwide, defending their rights and protecting them from physical, sexual, and psychological abuse through education and activism."
Unlike former Miss Italy, Countdown star Rachel Riley tweeted that she would not wish Depp on her "worst enemy."
Depp sued Heard for $50 million, while she filed a counterclaim for $100 million.
The couple met while filming The Rum Diaries and started dating soon after the movie's release. They got married in 2015 and separated the following year.
The trial should end soon, but the social media interest is not dying down. Though Depp lost a libel case against The Sun in 2020, new evidence and testimonies shed new light on the ongoing saga between the exes. They both accuse each other of abuse.