Celebrity court cases should be kept private

Maggie Eubanks, News Editor

Celebrities live an extremely public life. Most days, you can open Twitter or Instagram and find which bathroom your favorite celebrity frequents. But some things in life deserve to be private. 

One of these things is court cases. Trials can be long, and they are incredibly difficult for all those involved. For people who already give up so much of their life to the public, they deserve to keep these processes private. 

Everyone and their mom seemed to know every detail about the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial. For those of you that have been in a coma for the last year, this trial took place over two months as these two ex-lovers took turns defaming one another. 

In the end, the trial ended ugly for both actors, with Heard and Depp paying each other millions, according to USA Today. 

Although it can seem like it occasionally, court is not reality television. Those that find themselves in front of a judge have already gone through numerous questions from lawyers and given a large amount in legal fees. 

 So when millions of people watch these trials live and try to dissect every word, it is disrespectful to the things these individuals have gone through.

I understand that some celebrities may agree to their trials being televised. Just recently, videos from Gwyneth Paltrow’s ski trial went viral, with many congratulating her on a verdict that swung her way. 

But famous people should not use court proceedings as a tool to boost their clout. If people want to know the details of the trial, they can read the news. I’m tired of having videos of Paltrow’s ski trip bombard my feed. 

And if this was bad, imagine the chaos that will occur when the trial begins for Alec Baldwin after the shooting that occurred on the set of his movie “Rust.” 

It’s one thing to be enamored by ex-lovers battling it out from the witness set, but it’s another to make light of someone’s death. Whether he was at fault or not, Baldwin had his finger on the trigger when someone died. He is going to have to relive what he said he “dreams about constantly.”

The public is going to be curious about this trial because of its high-profile nature, but they need to leave it behind the walls of the courtroom. 

Celebrities are public figures. Because of that, the public gets to know a lot about them. But you have to draw the line somewhere.