The media manipulator is back?
Is Amber Heard staging photos again?
That’s what a group of paparazzi is exclusively telling Radar Online.
Last week TMZ got their hands on a video clip of Amber Heard shopping at a TJ Maxx discount store.
The clip went viral instantly.
I did a story on it, and it appeared to me that some random customer saw Amber inside the TJ Maxx, filmed it, and then contacted TMZ.
But, actual industry paparazzi say that’s not what happened.
They believe Amber is back to her old tricks, and she staged the humiliating event and cashed in on her fame by selling the clip to TMZ.
But was it really all that “humiliating?”
Business Insider says the biggest open secret in the Hamptons isn’t the latest cool new restaurant opening or celeb sighting. It’s a TJ Maxx discount chain store nestled in a nondescript strip mall off Montauk Highway.
While the rest of the world gawked at Amber Heard shopping at the TJ Maxx store last week, the actor — whose high-profile defamation case with ex-husband Johnny Depp wrapped after a jury found both parties liable for defamation — knows something they don’t: It’s the secret hot spot of the fabled East End.
Radar Online reported that some celebrity photographer insiders believe that the recent photos of Amber Heard at TJ Maxx were staged…
Likely by her.
According to multiple sources from inside the cutthroat paparazzi business, the images appear to be “staged,” prompting speculation Heard is behind the leak in a bid to win sympathy after losing an $8 million judgment to Depp for defamation.
“There is a tell-tale sign on both sets of images that to me seemingly raise more questions than provide headlines!” said one source.
“If these images were taken by a paparazzo, the paparazzo or the paparazzo’s employer would be desperate to have their byline attached to the sets to get additional sales from media outlets.
“Here, both sets of Heard don’t have bylines. That tells me that the images were either sold directly to the media outlet by a source who does not want to be identified or they were handouts. For example, they were given to media for use free of charge.”
She was later spotted grocery shopping, as well.
For me, I don’t find it hard to believe that someone was out and about and saw her and started filming on their camera… But I guess for it to happen twice in one day, might be a stretch.
On the other hand, Amber has proved herself to be a media manipulator who uses PR as an emotional weapon. So, the idea that she would “cash in” on her own misery isn’t farfetched.
She could look humble and gain some empathy from critics while making some $$ on the video.
I guess if I was a betting person, I’d probably go with option #2.
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