Johnny Depp is suing Amber Heard for $50 million in defamation after she referred to herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse” in a Washington Post op-ed in 2018. Everyone at home has their own opinion on the trial, but some spectators in the courtroom went to great lengths to get a front-row seat.

People magazine reports that fans camped out in their vehicles outside the Fairfax, Virginia, courthouse, spending up to $30,000 on travel expenses to get in. Hundreds of excited enthusiasts claimed that they attend in the early hours to get wristbands that allow them to enter the courtroom each day to see the A-listers testify.

Sabrina Harrison of Madison, Wisconsin, told People:

“I’ve never been to a public trial before. I’ve never stayed up overnight for anything in line, and I came at 12:45 a.m. I’ve never done something like this in my 46 years of life.”


Sharon Smith said that she traveled across the ocean to witness the trial. Smith moved her belongings into a storage container and flew to Virginia when the trial began in April. She goes to Los Angeles during breaks and returns when the show resumes.

“I’ve been coming back and forth from LA, so you’re looking at $600 to $700 each time, 10 hours of your life in the air,” she said. “Hotel, food, drinks [cost] about $10,000.”

Ivan De Boer took a year’s paid vacation time to fly from Los Angeles to the trial, spending $30,000 so far. “I took my whole year’s vacation so I could be here for Johnny,” she said. “I’m the same age as Johnny. I’m single, so I do what I want to, basically.” Despite spending so much money, she says she has “no regrets.”

Emily, a citizen from Arlington, Virginia, got up at 2 a.m. on May 4th to be among the first 100 individuals to join up. “My friends think I’m insane for doing it but I think it’s a historic trial and I think it’s really interesting that it’s taking place in northern Virginia,” she said. “Someone got here last night [at 9 p.m.] to get the first spot.

People ended up sleeping in their cars to save money while also ensuring the best spot on the line. However, the trial is currently on hold until May 16, when it will begin at 9:30 a.m. Stay tuned to Thirsty to get the latest updates.

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