Defamation suits against Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have both been found guilty of defamation by a jury. Depp won a significant amount of money in damages from the jury, which was a legal victory for the actor.
A 2018 Washington Post op-ed by Depp’s ex-wife, Amber Heard, described her as a “public figure representing domestic abuse,” and he sued her for defamation. Despite the fact that Depp’s name was omitted from the article, he claims that the incident cost him lucrative acting roles in the industry.
The statements made by Depp’s attorney about Heard’s abuse allegations prompted a countersuit by Heard against her ex-husband for defamation. There were three statements in the Washington Post piece by Heard that were found to be defamatory of Johnny Depp, and one statement by Depp’s attorney. Are Johnny Depp and Amber heard both guilty according to the jury continue to read the article to know the complete news?
10 million dollars in compensatory damages were awarded to Depp, while 5 million dollars were awarded in punitive damages. The jury awarded no punitive damages, but it did award $2 million in compensatory damages to Heard.
Heard asked for $100 million in compensation, while Depp asked for $50 million. Due to Virginia’s cap on punitive damages of $350,000, the judge, in this case, had to reduce the punitive damages award. A “tremendous” legal victory for Depp and a rebuke for Amber Heard though both of them are found guilty in their own way.
Heard’s spokesman, David Shane, said she intends to appeal the verdict.
Depp and Heard React to the Verdict
As the verdict was read out loud in court, Heard’s gaze remained fixed on the floor. Depp was not in court, but he issued a statement saying, “the jury gave me my life back.”
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After the verdict was announced, Johnny Depp’s attorneys Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez addressed the media. “From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me,” he said. “I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that.”
On Wednesday, Depp’s attorneys thanked the jury and said, “It’s time to turn the page and look to the future.” “We are grateful, so grateful, to the jury for their careful deliberation, to the judge and the court staff who have devoted an enormous amount of time and resources towards this case,” attorney Camille Vasquez told media outside court.
Heard said in a statement that she is “heartbroken” over the verdict. Amber Heard hugs her attorney Elaine Bredehoft after the verdict. “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband,” Heard said.
Depp and Heard were married for two years, from 2015 to 2016, after meeting on the set of their 2009 film “The Rum Diary.”
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