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Naomie Harris says the fixation around the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial was ‘disturbing’

Naomie Harris has spoken out about the social media storm surrounding Johnny Depp‘s defamation case against Amber Heard, stating that it “should have been a very private case between two people”. She compared the high-profile trial to that of Ghislaine Maxwell, whose court case remained behind closed doors.

The actor told The Independent: “It’s hard not to have followed that case because it was so rammed down our throats every day. It was all over social media, all over the news, everywhere. I think there’s something quite disturbing about that, actually, because there are some serious events happening in the world that deserve much greater airtime than they’re having because this kind of thing is being aired.

“I don’t understand why, with something that should have been a very private case between two people, the whole world was allowed access to it,” she added. “I find it really bizarre and problematic. We televised that but not Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial, which is much more relevant and important. I have real issues with that.”

Naomie, who previously worked with Johnny Depp on Pirates of the Caribbean, also said that she feels the ‘Me Too’ movement is still strong, despite worries that the coverage of the Depp vs. Heard case would leave women fearing to come forward with their stories.

“It’s an extremely powerful movement that I am so proud to have been part of,” she said. “It’s way more powerful than one particular case and one individual. It has a momentum that will not be derailed, it’s too entrenched. It will continue. Changes as a result of the MeToo movement are in place now.”

Naomie Harris opened up about her own experience of sexual assault back in 2020, telling GLAMOUR how a “very famous actor” groped her as she was reading for a role in her twenties.

“A prime example, for me, is going to an audition and having a very famous actor put his hand up my skirt during the audition,” she said. “And having the casting director there, and the director of the movie there, and nobody saying anything at all – and feeling like I couldn’t say anything as well. Now, that would just never, ever happen. There’s been this radical shift and it’s so exciting to see the power of a movement like #MeToo. In such a short period of time, it’s changed this culture.”

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