A YouTuber called "Classify" posted a video titled, "I Fooled the Internet With A Fake Amber Heard."
The YouTuber said he asked a woman who looked like Heard to pose with a big glass of wine.
The picture spread on Twitter after the YouTuber asked a popular influencer to share it.
A YouTuber said he "fooled" people with a fake picture of Amber Heard next to a giant glass of wine, in a video posted on June 21.
The YouTuber, who typically posts vlogs and prank videos, goes by the nickname "Classify" on social media, and his real name is unknown. He said in his video, which currently has 11,000 views, that he asked a woman who looked similar to Amber Heard to pose with a wine glass for a photo so he could try and make it go viral on social media.
—David Sisneros (@ImDavidSisneros) June 12, 2022
The image referenced a moment from Heard's defamation trial against Johnny Depp when one of Heard's attorney's asked Depp if he had drunk a "mega pint of red wine," which sparked jokes online and became known as the "mega pint" meme.
After the image was posted online by the YouTuber's friend, it spread on Twitter, receiving 57,000 likes. While many people said they thought the picture was not actually of Heard, some people appeared to believe it and reshared the image on their timelines.
Here is how the YouTuber said he filmed the prank.
The YouTuber said he asked a woman who looked like Amber Heard to pose for a photo
In March 2019, Depp sued Heard for defamation following a 2018 op-ed she wrote saying she had been abused, which did not mention Depp by name. Heard filed a $100 million counterclaim. On June 1, 2022, a jury found both parties liable for defamation, awarding Depp $15 million in damages and Heard $2 million.
The trial captivated social media users, with Depp becoming the clear favorite to win from early on. Some people mocked Heard and her supporters online, and others spread misinformation and baseless rumors about the actor and her legal team.
In his video, "Classify" said, "Social media has been known to be the source of fake news and we've seen how easily the public is tricked into thinking things are true. So we decided to make our own news and make you believe the impossible."
He went on to claim that he made contact with a woman, named Kseniia Dubovitz, who "looked very much like Amber" on social media.
He then said he asked her to pose with a glass of wine as part of his prank. "We thought, 'How crazy would it be if Amber Heard was spotted in Hollywood drinking her own mega pint of wine," he said in the video.
In a statement provided to Insider, Dubovitz confirmed she was in the video and said she did not have any "bad" intentions, adding, "I'm pretty open for new fun things, so when the guy connected with me I thought it would be fun."
In the video, the YouTuber could be seen taking pictures of a blonde woman who was wearing sunglasses and sitting at a table with a glass of red wine.
At one point in the video, the YouTuber said they moved to a "location where celebrities were known to have lunch in LA," when a person in a tour bus that had a TMZ logo on it, who appeared to be a tourist, could be heard shouting, "Amber, how are you doing?" in the group's direction.
The YouTuber said he asked a bigger influencer to get involved and help bring attention to the fake image
In the video, "Classify" said he asked a popular YouTuber known as FaZe Blaze, who has 3.3 million subscribers and is part of the controversial esports collective FaeZ Clan, to share the image of his Amber Heard look-a-like on Twitter.
FaZe Blaze, whose real name is Lucas Mosing, posted an image of a blonde woman with a large glass of wine on Twitter on June 11, with a caption that read, "Crazy LA moment.. My girl and I bumped into Amber Heard at lunch."
—Blaze (@FaZeBlaze) June 11, 2022
The image now has 57,000 likes and 2,900 quote tweets, with some people appearing to believe the image was legitimate. Some of these people appeared to mock Heard by referencing the "mega pint" meme, while one person said they thought the actor looked "stressed" in the picture.
While some people believed the stunt, many people on Twitter said they thought the picture was fake
"Classify" said the picture was "100% fake" in his video, and filmed himself talking with a man, who he said was Mosing, over a video call about the number of likes and impressions the prank tweet received.
"It's actually crazy how many people fell into your trap. I actually can't believe how little people called out the BS," the man who appeared to be Mosing said in the video.
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However, on June 12, many users referred to the woman in the picture as a "random" person, saying they did not believe the image was of Heard. One Twitter user said they "reported" Mosing's tweet for sharing "misleading" information and encouraged other people to report the tweet as well. The user's tweet has 62 likes.
Representatives for Amber Heard, Lucas Mosing, and "Classify" did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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