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Now James Franco Has Landed In The Johnny Depp Vs. Amber Heard Mess

This just keeps getting worse.

In case you’ve been distracted by the global pandemic and other more pressing world issues – yes, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are still battling out in the court and things have gone from messy to downright dirty. Especially now that actor James Franco has been dragged into the controversy.

Depp is currently in the thick of a libel lawsuit against UK tabloid The Sun over a 2018 article in which the publication branded him a “wife beater.” News.com.au reports that during day two of court proceedings, it was alleged that Depp “slapped and kicked” his ex-wife Amber Heard on a private jet after accusing her of having an affair with James Franco.

The Sun’s lawyers claimed Heard flew into a “blind rage” over Depp’s drug use, then he began “screaming obscenities about James Franco in front of everyone on the plane.”

Depp repeatedly denies ever assaulting Heard, but did confirm he felt “uncomfortable” with Heard working with Franco on the 2015 crime memoir The Adderall Diaries.

The Evening Standard reports that Depp said, “there is a possibility Ms Heard and I had a fight where those words came out of my mouth, but I didn’t go into a rage and start screaming at her in front of all those people.”

“I would call a man who kicked a woman in the back a savage,” Depp reportedly told the court. “It’s the worst thing that’s ever been said to me.”

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In July last year, an elevator surveillance video obtained by The Blast allegedly shows Franco meeting up with Heard just 24 hours after the fight that ended her marriage to Depp. 

It’s not the only twist of events in the neverending Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard saga. Earlier this week, it was reported that Depp had testified in court that Heard “may have once pooped in their bed as a ‘prank’”.

The Mirror reports that during opening arguments, Depp’s legal team told the court, “Depp who in the end was forced to finally call time on this relationship, largely after behaviour by her and her friends following her birthday party in their flat in April 2016 (including he says, one of them defecating on his bed, something which Ms Heard blames on their tiny dog).”

The question remains: will the legal battle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard ever end?

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Naya Rivera Is More Than ‘Santana From Glee’ Or ‘Lea Michele’s Rival’

Rivera recently went missing, is feared drowned.

Yesterday, authorities reported that actress Naya Rivera had gone missing after her four-year-old son was found alone on a rented boat in Lake Piru in Ventura County. Hear all the details below:

Rivera had reportedly rented the boat around 1pm local time on July 9th, and her son was found by another boater about three hours later with his mother nowhere in sight.

Police were called and a search and rescue dive team were deployed. However, after hours of searching, authorities have shifted the search to a recovery operation as Rivera is feared to have drowned. 

It’s an utterly heartbreaking and tragic event, sparking a social media frenzy of thoughts and prayers from Rivera’s family, fans and celebrity friends alike.

As the search continues and Naya Rivera’s name appears in headline after headline, her loyal fans have been taking to Twitter to ensure her identity isn’t minimised.

Social media users are begging that Rivera isn’t simply identified as “Santana from Glee” – the character she is perhaps best known for portraying. 

They have called for people to stop labelling her as just “Lea Michele’s rival” after co-stars recently spoke out about their difficulties working with Michele. Hear about that below:

Many fans are also pleading that Rivera’s name isn’t brought up in association with the “Glee curse”, an idea that the show – which ran from 2009 to 2015 – is somehow “cursed” because two of Rivera’s co-stars, Cory Monteith and Mark Salling, both passed away after a number of tragedies and traumatic incidents. 

One Twitter user wrote, “Right now there’s a little boy waiting for his mommy to come home. There’s a man and woman waiting for their sister to be found. There’s two parents waiting for their daughter to be found.”

It’s important to remember that whilst Naya Rivera is famous, she isn’t just a public figure. She is a mother, a daughter, an actress and a human being. 

We can only hope she is found safe and send all of our support to her family during this incredibly difficult time.

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What Did JK Rowling Expect Signing This Open Letter On 'Cancel Culture'?

It has sparked a heated debate.

After weeks of controversy surrounding her views on trans issues, JK Rowling and 150 other writers, academics and activists have signed an open letter warning that free speech is under threat due to ‘cancel culture’.

The letter ‘on Justice and Open Debate’ states that “powerful protests for racial and social justice” are overdue and a “needed reckoning” but they have “also intensified a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favour of ideological conformity.”

The letter labels “an intolerance of opposing views” as a “vogue for public shaming and ostracism” that “hurts those who lack power and makes everyone less capable of democratic participation.”

“We need to preserve the possibility of good-faith disagreement without dire professional consequences,” it states. 

The letter, which has been signed by everyone from “the father of modern linguistics” Noam Chomsky, feminist Gloria Steineim, Russian chess icon Garry Kasparov, author Malcolm Gladwell, and of course – JK Rowling, has sparked a heated social media debate.

After the letter was published, some public figures withdrew their support upon seeing who else had endorsed it. According to BBC, multiple signatories have had works banned in some countries, and others have lived in hiding and received death threats in the past.

Some social media users have labelled the open letter as supporting anti-trans rhetoric, particularly with the support of JK Rowling. 

The open letter has also led people to begin debating about ‘cancel culture’ itself, what it is, and whether it even exists.

In the case of JK Rowling, it’s no surprise her open letter signature is receiving mixed opinions. Last month, the Harry Potter author released a 3,600-word essay defending her right to speak about trans issues without fear of abuse.

While Rowling has her supporters, she continues to face major backlash for her anti-trans views – with many high profile celebrities and members of the LGBTQIA+ community speaking out against her, and explaining how harmful her views are to a young audience of fans. Hear about that below:

By the sounds of it, the debate around free speech and ‘cancel culture’ won’t come to a close anytime soon – in fact, this is just the start of it.

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