Amber Heard supporters have gotten attention defending the actress, leading to pushback from Johnny Depp fans that some argue crosses into harassment.
A pro-Johnny Depp YouTuber was spreading lies and conspiracy theories about an employee of the public relations firm that works with Amber Heard, a law firm said in a cease-and-desist letter.
Laura Bockoven, who was once a real estate salesperson in Massachusetts, according to public real estate license records, regularly defends Depp on Twitter and YouTube. On Thursday, the law firm Bergeson LLP sent the cease-and-desist letter to Bockoven, who it says falsely claimed that a Twitter account that regularly defends Heard in viral threads belongs to Crisanta White, a publicist at Shane Communications, a firm contracted by the actress to manage her public relations.
White said in a public statement on her website that she has faced targeted harassment from Depp’s fans, including her family’s addresses being posted online.
The campaign against the publicist and the pro-Heard Twitter account is the latest online fallout created by the legal battle between Heard and Depp.
Bockoven has more than 70,000 Twitter followers and calls herself an “internet journalist” in her Twitter bio. On Wednesday, she tweeted a thread suggesting that the account “k4mil1aa,” better known as “Kamilla,” was run by White.
“I have always prided myself on having an outstanding reputation,” White wrote in her statement. “In turn, I am taking legal action against Laura.”
Some YouTubers and content creators amassed millions of views by covering the trial from a pro-Depp point of view. As pro-Heard creators have received more attention over time, creators have become more adversarial toward one another, extending the culture war sparked by the Heard-Depp legal battle.
“This you Kamilla?” Bockoven tweeted Wednesday, along with a Deadline article announcing Shane Communications hiring White. Bockoven and her followers then appeared to compare White, a Black woman, to a drawing of a Black woman that Kamilla has used as her profile picture on Twitter. Bockoven had not deleted the tweets at the time of publication.
“Ms. White has no relation to ‘Kamilla’s’ Twitter account. Ms. White has never posted to @k4mil1aa and does not know the identity of the real ‘Kamilla,’” said the cease-and-desist letter sent to Bockoven from Shane Communications, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News.
“We are hard pressed to understand why you think Ms. White is Kamilla. Is it because both women are African-American? Regardless, your false accusation against Ms. White has resulted in a steady stream of harassment and threats by people who believe your claim and are likeminded with respect to the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard defamation case.”
Reached by phone, White said that she is not affiliated with Kamilla’s account. Kamilla, who does not disclose her full name to protect her privacy, said in tweets and via direct message that she is not White. Bockoven did not respond to a request for comment.
“I’ve said time and time again that shes not me,” Kamilla tweeted Thursday. Her previous profile picture was a popular drawing of a Black woman by Sam Yang, a Toronto-based artist with 2 million Instagram followers. Yang posted the drawing on Instagram and Pinterest in July 2021 and described it as an exercise in drawing expressions and hair. Yang has not indicated that his drawings are inspired by any specific women.
“I am not that woman. Move on,” Kamilla tweeted later Thursday. When reached over direct message, the owner of the Kamilla account declined to verify their identity, citing fears of online outing and harassment.
Kamilla’s Twitter account, which has more than 20,000 followers, has posted viral tweets and threads in support of Heard, asking the public to re-evaluate the narrative Depp’s team and supporters pushed during the trial. Her posts have contributed to the growing online movement in defense of Heard now that the dust from the trial has settled.
“Since we’re all feminists again, can we revisit the Depp v Heard case? Here’s a thread of the most damning evidence against Johnny, most of which was suppressed or ignored by social media,” she wrote in one thread with more than 74,000 likes.[VIA]