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Maria Sharapova’s fiancé sides with Johnny Depp

Tennis star Maria Sharapova’s fiancé Alexander Gilkes was quick to like Johnny Depp’s statement after the Hollywood star won a defamation lawsuit against his former wife Amber Heard.

Gilkes, a British millionaire and a friend of Britain’s Prince William, appeared to side with Depp whose statement was liked by 10 million people on Instagram.

Maria Sharapova is pregnant with the couple’s first child.

Alexander Gilkes with Maria Sharapova

A jury on Wednesday ruled in favor of Johnny Depp in his libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, vindicating his stance that Heard fabricated claims that she was abused by Depp before and during their brief marriage.

The verdict could help the star rehabilitate his image — at least that’s his hope — after a televised trial that turned into a spectacle of a vicious marriage. Throughout the trial, fans — overwhelmingly on Depp’s side — would line up overnight for coveted courtroom seats. And spectators who couldn’t get in would gather on the street to cheer Depp and jeer Heard whenever either appeared outside.

Depp sued Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” His lawyers said he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned his name.

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