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Johnny Depp is coming out on top in the court of public opinion — and that could be even more important than whether he wins his bombshell defamation case against Amber Heard, experts say.

Now that the 58-year-old “Pirates of the Caribbean” star has told his side publicly, legal and PR professionals told The Post a jury ruling in his favor doesn’t matter as much.

“When [Johnny Depp] stepped off the stand, I think he already won based on his definition of winning,” said Texas civil attorney Katherine Lizardo.

“Because he already obtained the favor of the court of public opinion … once he told his story.”

Depp first testified for four days during the second week at the Fairfax, Virginia trial – and then again for more than three hours on Wednesday.

He is suing his ex-wife for $50 million alleging she defamed him in her 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she described herself as a victim of domestic abuse.

Heard, 36, then countersued for $100 million claiming Depp defamed her when he said she was lying about her abuse allegations.

“I think for Johnny Depp winning the legal side of the defamation claim does not matter to him,” Lizardo told The Post. “Winning – it would just be icing on the cake for him because his main goal for filing the defamation lawsuit was to clear his name and to appeal to the court of public opinion.”

Johnny Depp returns from a break
Johnny Depp returns from a break in the trial on May 26.
Actor Johnny Depp
Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for $50 million.
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From the beginning of his testimony, Depp emphasized that he brought the lawsuit to “clear my name,” for his sake and that of his children, Lily-Rose, 22, and Jack, 20, as well as for those in the movie business industry who trusted him.

Experts said he achieved this with his time on the stand.

“Right now I think it’s undisputed that the court of public opinion favors him and heard him and are now supporting him. Whether or not he wins – I don’t think it matters to him or even to the court of public opinion,” Lizardo said.

California entertainment lawyer Mitra Ahouraian added that the case isn’t really about winning a defamation claim — but about clearing Depp’s name in the public sphere, as he’s said.

“This case is about using the courts as a platform to tell his side of the story and clearing the record and swaying the court of public opinion,” Ahouraian said.

Amber Heard (right) embraces her attorney Elaine Bredehoft after she testified.
Amber Heard embraces her attorney Elaine Bredehoft after testifying.
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Pro Amber supporter Daniel Lee, 26, shows his support at the courthouse on May 23.
Amber Heard supporter Daniel Lee, 26, waits at the courthouse on May 23.
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“It’s more important than the actual lawsuit,” Ahouraian said. “Certainly winning the lawsuit helps because it would establish that something untrue was said about him and that’s a big deal.”

It was so important for Depp to clear his name on the domestic violence accusations that he was willing to air his other dirty laundry in the process – including his battle with alcohol and drugs.

However, Ahouraian noted, Depp’s legal team made sure to address Heard’s allegations against him head on giving his perspective on what happened.

“He went into this knowing that all of this was going to come out,” Ahouraian said. “‘Fine, I do drugs, I battled addiction since I was young but I am not a wife beater.’ And that’s all he’s trying to say.”

Actor Amber Heard testifies in the courtroom
Amber Heard is counter-suing Johnny Depp for $100 million.
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Woman holds sign that reads "I believe her."
Caroline Putnam, 23, holds a sign in support of Amber Heard.
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The trial has drawn endless commentary on social media that is largely heavily critical of Heard.

“His fans are basically doing a smear campaign around Amber Heard without him even having to do anything. That’s what a six-week trial, televised every day, that’s what they were counting on would happen,” Ahouraian said.

“People online love to hate her. It’s like vitriol,” the California lawyer added.

Juda Engelmayer, the president of public relations firm Herald PR who reps disgraced filmmaker Harvey Weinste, agreed that the fact that the trial was televised was a loss for Heard in the public and suited Depp well as a natural entertainer.

Depp waves as he leaves the Virginia courtroom on May 26.
Depp waves as he leaves the Virginia courtroom on May 26.

“It’s horrible because you see every flaw, every misspoken word, every piece of testimony that doesn’t necessarily jive with how she said something happened a couple days ago and then social media calls her out and beats her out for it right away,” Engelmayer said.

“She is human. She is sitting in a high pressure role. [There is] a lot at steak for her. It isn’t going to go flawlessly and she is going to make mistakes,” Engelmayer said. “Social media doesn’t care about the facts, they just care about what they see.”

Heard’s lawyers had tried to block the cameras in the courtroom, but was unsuccessful.

On the other hand, “Because [Depp is] a natural star who is always entertaining, he’s in front of the tv camera and he’s entertaining once again,” Engelmayer said of the televised trial. “I think it’s probably a defense mechanism but it’s also calculated too. He’s trying to be witty, he’s trying to be funny.”

“That’s his way of winning over audiences whether he’s on stage or in front of a camera or in front of a jury.”

Johnny Depp supporter raises sign with "Fear and Loathing in Amber Turd"
Some Johnny Depp supporters got creative with their signs to show support of the actor.

And while Depp may come out “a little tarnished” and is “not a family man anymore” after the trial, Engelmayer says that Depp has shown how vast his base of supporters and fans is, which could appeal to studios considering hiring him for new projects.

“He also did show that he has a huge fan base and he can bring a big crowd,” Engelmayer said. “And I think that is going to impress studios more than anything else. And while they aren’t going to make him the lovable hero in the next movie they could make him the hate-able villain or the lovable villain.”

Ahouraian was a little more skeptical about Depp’s marketability going forward.

“Now the question is, these fans who are rallying behind him, do they have more sway than a potential financier or investor who is still putting the risk up?” Ahouraian said. “If it were me, I would want to do drug checks. I need him on his best behavior and he gets one shot.”

Lower half of two bodies standing, one woman being interviewed as she holds painting of Johnny Depp
One Depp supporter holds what appears to be a hand-painted depiction of Depp.

Engelmayer also said that he believes Heard could still continue her career after the trial with studios who “want to be on the right side of social history” giving her roles in smaller films. And she could also go on talk shows to discuss her experience after going through two trials.

“There is a still a group of women out there, a group of supporters and people who believe that she is righteous for coming out with her voice and her truth and strong enough to sit there and take the public abuse and humiliation during the course of the trial,” Engelmayer said.

Ahouraian says if the jury finds that Heard defamed Depp, “her career would be done.”

Similarly, Lizardo said that Heard’s “reputation has been severely damaged” and Depp’s planned rebuttal witnesses “might just demolish her credibility altogether.”

Reps for Depp and Heard declined to comment.

Additional reporting by Elizabeth Rosner

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Kourtney Kardashian uses Kopari Coconut Melt to ‘look good naked’




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Kourtney Kardashian’s no stranger to showing skin.

Whether the reality star’s modeling lingerie, baring it all in a bikini or packing on PDA with husband Travis Barker, she’s clearly confident about her body — and relies on a selection of tried-and-true products to keep her skin in tip-top shape.

In one of her first-ever Poosh stories, fittingly titled “How to Look Good Naked,” the 43-year-old outlines some of her body care essentials, including La Mer The Body Crème ($300), Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($95) and Le Labo’s Pin 12 Candle ($82) — the latter because “lighting is everything.”

But not everything on Kardashian’s list will bust your budget. She also swears by Kopari Organic Coconut Melt, which will set you back just $29 for a full-sized jar or $18 for a mini version.

“In order to achieve glowy skin, it’s important to moisturize everything — everywhere — at least once a day,” the Poosh piece reads. “Don’t forget to care for your hands and feet as well; we recommend focusing on these areas at night.”

Billed as “a deep conditioner for your bod,” the product is comprised of 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil, and Kopari suggests applying it “as soon as you step out of the shower and at the end of the day.”

What’s more, the multitasking product also works well as a hair mask, dry shave oil, bath mix-in and belly balm, per the brand.

Snag a tub for yourself below — and get ready to look fabulous in your birthday suit, too.

Kopari Organic Coconut melt

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Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins




MIAMI — He’s one tough Cookie these days.

Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, but the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most importantly, his health — have converged this season to give the Mets an invaluable rotation piece.

On Saturday, he gave his team 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco extended his scoreless streak over his past three starts to 18 ²/₃ innings.

The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Carrasco last surrendered a run on July 9 against the Marlins at Citi Field.

The Mets (63-37) won their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.

Overall, Carrasco allowed four hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo replaced Carrasco in the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, ensuring Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.

Carlos Carrasco didn't allow a run in the Mets' 4-0 win over the Marlins.
Carlos Carrasco didn’t allow a run in the Mets’ 4-0 win over the Marlins.

Lugo remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing Edwin Diaz a day off following a 10-pitch outing Friday in which he struck out the side.

The Mets will try for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.

After scuffling at the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco breathing room in the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis each blasted a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting appearance, came as the Mets are searching on the trade market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.

The Mets have traded for two lefty bats in the last week-plus to bolster the other half of the DH equation. One of those additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left field and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach started at DH and drew a walk in four plate appearances.

Carrasco’s gem was the latest strong performance by a Mets starting pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the starting rotation in July, which ranked second in the major leagues. Chris Bassitt had a rare flat start for the Mets a night earlier, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.

Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Nick Neidert to give the Mets their first run. The homer was the first since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.

The Mets weren’t finished in the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season before he reached 69 with his blast later.

Carrasco was challenged in the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and walk to Jesus Aguilar before retiring JJ Bleday for the final out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, but he escaped the inning when he got Bleday to ground into a double-play.

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Career NYC criminal tries to steal moped from NYPD station




A brazen career criminal with more than 50 arrests on his rap sheet, including rape, was busted for trying to steal a moped from outside a lower Manhattan police station.

Jon Matos was caught red-handed approaching the $1,200 bike outside the 5th Precinct, sources said.

He was allegedly using a set of burglary tools Friday to try to bust the lock of the bike, which was vouchered property, cops and sources said.

Matos, a homeless father of three, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of attempted grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.

The proceeding was delayed for hours, sources said, after Matos allegedly became angry with a cellmate who used the facilities — but didn’t courtesy flush.

“I was just f–king with it. It’s not my tools,” he allegedly told an NYPD detective, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Megan Mers during the court proceeding.

Judge Valentina Morales Saturday agreed to give Matos supervised release in the moped case.

“Thank you, your honor,” Matos told Morales.

But instead of hitting the streets once again, Matos was held on outstanding charges from the 23rd Precinct in an unrelated case, authorities said.

It was his second appearance before a judge in a week: Matos was in court days earlier, charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property and was released in yet another incident.

Matos has racked up dozens of busts for burglary, robbery, fare evasion — including the 1999 rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Crime is up in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase — though the seventh category, murders, dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics.

Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.

When addressing the crime spike last month, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department was arresting the same people for crimes “over and over again.”

Other recent and brazen repeat offenders include veteran shoplifter Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez, who was finally locked up in January after dozens of arrests for stealing to support his drug habit.

Laron Mack, whose catchphrase is “I steal for a living,” has been arrested more than 50 times. Another serial stealer, James Connelly, was busted in December for involvement in 28 separate incidents over three months.

Last month, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, according to cops and court documents.

McLucas, who was released on his own recognizance, has notched 122 prior arrests.

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