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Evan Rachel Wood Clarifies Stance on Amber Heard Trolling, Divides Fans

Evan Rachel Wood has clarified her stance on Amber Heard’s treatment on social media after posting a report about targeted trolling during the Johnny Depp defamation trial.

The Westworld actress has appeared to distance herself from Heard and criticized the media for reporting on her post from yesterday. She has also upset some fans by seemingly comparing Heard to Harvey Weinstein. The Weinstein comparison has since been deleted.

Wood is herself being sued for defamation by her ex, Marilyn Manson, after she alleged that she was subjected to domestic abuse at the hands of the shock rocker during their relationship. He denies the allegations.

On July 20, Wood took to Instagram to share a report about the social media response to Heard throughout (and after) her court battle with Depp.

It was previously reported that certain pro-Depp trolls are beginning to turn on Wood—another high-profile woman making accusations against a high-profile male celebrity.

Wood shared the findings from a report by Bot Sentinel, a nonpartisan group dedicated to uncovering and exposing online bots, and how they’re used.

The report states that with Heard, they “observed […] one of the worst cases of cyberbullying and cyberstalking by a group of Twitter accounts that we’ve ever seen,” and noted that 627 accounts were apparently created for the sole purpose of tweeting about the defamation trial, mocking or otherwise targeting Heard and her supporters.

Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood attends the premiere of HBO’s “Westworld” Season 4 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 21, 2022 in New York City.TAYLOR HILL/GETTY IMAGES

The report also noted that a similar scenario was taking place with accounts being set up to target Wood following her allegations against Manson.

Newsweek contacted Wood’s representatives for comment but received no response.

Newsweek then reported that Wood shared the report and that it indicated possible support for Heard amidst the targeted harassment.

On July 21, Wood posted screenshots of Newsweek‘s coverage, and said that headlines such as “Evan Rachel Wood Seemingly Supports Amber Heard Following Trial Verdict” are putting her in danger.

“If you are worried about my feed being flooded with hate, then I would steer clear of headlines that put me in danger, such as these, which are not based on facts,” she wrote on her Instagram story.

Newsweek has again asked Wood’s representatives to comment on this statement.

In another story, Wood added: “No matter what I say it WILL be taken out of context. And since social media has proven time and again NOT to be the place to have nuanced conversations, and the media wants clickbait, especially when you speak out against abuse, I will reinstate my original comment about my stance on the matter, which was ‘no comment.'”

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