Depp Vs Heard Tip Jar at Starbucks Drive-Thru Causes Controversy
Starbucks sparked controversy Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard jars.
Depp is suing ex-wife Heard for $50m (£38.2m) in a defamation lawsuit over domestic abuse allegations she made in a 2018 Washington Post article .
The lawsuit has drawn international attention, with each man and his dog apparently having their own take on the former couple’s bitter row.
And bizarrely, the Starbucks coffee chain seems to be polling public opinion with themed tip jars at one of its drive-ins. Look here :
In the viral video, which has been viewed more than five million times on TikTok, the customer can be seen adding a tip to the Depp jar – which is already filled with notes, while the Heard jar remains empty.
The Depp fan added the Pirates of the Caribbean music on the clip and captioned the message: “Let’s support our local baristas and our man.”
Many people commented on the video, explaining how they would vote for the tip, but others felt the whole thing was a little insensitive and inappropriate.
One person commented: ‘Why are you treating a case of domestic abuse like it’s a game?? That’s weird’ while another added: ‘What’s wrong with you?’
The TikTok user added that the drive-thru was in Los Angeles, but said tip jars have been removed since she posted the video.
A Starbucks spokesperson told UNILAD that the tip jars were inconsistent with company policy and confirmed that they had been removed.
Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 36, for $50m (£38.2m), and she has filed a counterclaim for $100m (£76.4m).
The couple started dating after meeting on the set of the 2011 film The rum journal and married in 2015. Heard obtained a restraining order against Depp the following year and they finalized their divorce in 2017.
In 2020, Depp lost a defamation case brought against The Sun over an article in which he was called a “wife beater”. Now the couple have been reunited in a court in Fairfax County, Va., where Depp said he was a victim of domestic violence.
As he finished giving evidence, the court heard audio of the former couple discussing the breakup of their relationship in 2016, in which Heard told Depp, “Tell the world Johnny, tell them I’m Johnny Depp, a man, am also a victim of domestic violence.”
In his last question to Depp on Monday April 25, his lawyer Camille Vasquez asked him how he answered this. “I said yes, I am,” Depp replied.
Meanwhile, Heard’s lawyers called Depp a “revenge-obsessed ex-husband” and said she suffered “sexual abuse at the hands of Depp.”