August 8, 2022

‘Was it abuse? No. You need to have power to be able to abuse it’

Julia Fox has divided the internet after defending Amber Heard and claiming she did not have the “power” to abuse her ex-husband Johnny Depp.

Depp, 58, is currently suing Heard, 36, for $50m over a 2018 opinion piece in the Washington Post, while Heard is countersuing for $100m. Now Kanye West’s ex has offered her two cents.

In a comment posted on Instagram, the 32-year-old actress wrote: “Wrong. She never had the power in the relationship to be abusive to him.

“Did she hit him? Yes. Was it abuse? No. You need to have power to be able to abuse it. She was 25. He clearly was always way more powerful including physically and financially.”

Fox has since been trending on social media, though arguably not as much as her “Uncut Gems” pronunciation earlier this year.

In agreeance, one Twitter user wrote: “No but the way julia fox has a better understanding of power dynamics than majority of troglodytes online….. and she’s one of the few people with a large following actually saying something…”

Washington Post journalist Taylor Lorenz commented: “Abuse is about power and she didn’t have the power. I don’t think a lot of ppl don’t understand what abusive relationships actually look like. Julia Fox put it well tbh.”

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However the internet is not a monolith – and for every Fox, there are those who believe that Heard has abused Depp.

“Oh Julia Fox,” a Twitter user wrote. “He loved her. That was HER power. She isolated him. That was HER power.”

The poster added: “Power doesn’t come from just age, money and physical stature. Ps. They were about the same size. Power comes from a multitude of things. Love. Being a great force. You. Are wrong.”

Needless to say that ultimately, neither Fox nor the scores of online commentators will decide the outcome of the trial or dictate the definition of domestic abuse.

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