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Internet trolls using Amber Heard's name as an insult is proof of 'the misogyny pumping through the veins of this country,' a victims' rights lawyer said

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Amber Heard
Actor Amber Heard waits before the verdict was read at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va, Wednesday, June 1, 2022.Evelyn Hockstein/Associated Press
  • A victim's rights lawyer said trolls are using Amber Heard's name to villainize women who speak up against powerful men.

  • Trump's defenders spread the term "Amber Heard 2.0" to discredit testimony from former aide Cassidy Hutchinson.

  • "The aim is to make an example of her, to see her thrown to the wolves and torn apart," the lawyer told Insider.

Right-wing influencers and trolls used Amber Heard's name using a "new dog whistle" to discredit women is proof of "the misogyny pumping through the veins of this country," a victims' rights lawyer told Insider.

Following former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's shocking testimony about Donald Trump's actions on January 6, 2021, the former president's supporters took to the internet to call her "Amber  Heard 2.0," a reference to the salacious celebrity defamation trial featuring the "Aquaman 2" actor and ex-husband Johnny Depp

A post shared by right-wing influencer Liz Crokin was shared by two popular QAnon influencers on Telegram and multiple posts calling Hutchinson "Amber Heard 2.0" garnered hundreds of likes on a far-right forum for Trump supporters.

"The aim is to make an example of her, to see her thrown to the wolves and torn apart," Carrie Goldberg, attorney and founder of C.A. Goldberg,PLLC, a law firm specializing in victims' rights and sexual violence cases, told Insider.

The far-right's reaction to Hutchinson's testimony reveals a pattern of how powerful men can use digital armies to discredit the women who speak out against them, according to Goldberg.

"That abusive and dangerous men have troll armies standing-by to harass and destroy women on their behalf really illustrates the misogyny pumping through the veins of this country and across the internet," she said.

Goldberg said the use of Heard's name as a way to diminish the credibility of another woman isn't surprising.

"Victims and advocates foresaw that the caricature of Amber Heard would go on to play this important socio-cultural role for abusers: allowing them to easily and succinctly villainize women who testify against them in the future," she continued.

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