Washington Post Adds Editor’s Note To Amber Heard’s 2018 Op-Ed After Johnny Depp Defamation Verdict

Amber Heard’s 2018 op-ed on The Washington Post that had led to all the modern-date drama between Heard and ex-Johnny Depp has been updated with a note. Johnny Depp sued ex-wife Amber Heard for $50 million whereas Heard countersued her for $100 million after Amber Heard’s 2018 op-ed was published. After a six weeks trial based on Amber Heard’s 2018 op-ed, the article is concluded as defamatory.

And The Washington Post provided a note under the entire segment Amber Heard’s 2018 op-ed. So, what does this note talk about?

The Real Verdict

Wednesday, 1st June was a vital moment as the jury gave the verdict after proper deliberation of the situation, pieces of evidence, and Amber Heard’s 2018 op-ed.

The Aquaman actress claimed to be a survivor of domestic abuse in that piece that was released back in 2018. So, after full scrutiny of Amber Heard’s 2018 op-ed, the jury unanimously came to a decision that the 36-years-old actress has deliberately defamed her former husband, Depp three times. The high-profile lawsuit was initially filed by Depp in 2019 and Heard countersued later. The case began a trial in April of 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia.

As a matter of fact, the jury awarded $15 million in damages to Depp and after further consideration, the judge reduced that amount to $10.35 million as per the state law in Virginia. Heard, on the other hand, has been given $2 million for her defamation countersuit and she further plans to appeal the last given verdict.

It is rumored that Amber doesn’t have money to pay Depp a whopping $10.35 million. Thus, she is going to appeal further for the decision.

Amber Heard’s 2018 op-ed Has Been Updated: The Washington Post Added A Note

Amber Heard’s 2018 publication was the main reason for controversy. Now, The Washington Post has never passed any comment during the ongoing trial. Undeniably, Amber Heard’s 2018 op-ed has become one of the most-watched articles. The leading publication decided to keep the post up all this while in spite of all the controversies surrounding it.

Amber Heard's 2018
Amber Heard’s 2018

After the verdict was given on 1st June 2022, The Washington Post updated the post with an editor’s note. It read as,

“In 2019, Johnny Depp sued Amber Heard for defamation arising out of this 2018 op-ed. On June 1, 2022, following a trial in Fairfax County, Va. Circuit Court, a jury found Heard liable on three counts for the following statements, which Depp claimed were false and defamatory: (1) ‘I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.’ (2) ‘Then two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.’ (3) ‘I had the rare vantage point of seeing, in real-time, how institutions protect men accused of abuse.’ The jury separately found that Depp, through his lawyer Adam Waldman, defamed Heard in one of three counts in her countersuit.”

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Why Did The Washington Post Add A Note Instead of Deleting The Article?

As per legal analyst Emily D. Baker, this was a smart move. Instead of just deleting Amber Heard’s 2018 op-ed, the added note will give clarity to the situation. The note mentioned which lines were considered to be defamatory and what went wrong with this article. Since it is the most-watched section, it would have been unjustifiable to just delete Amber Heard’s 2018 publication without presenting any facts.

Though this decision was not considered to be justifiable to some, the verdict has already been given. Experts such as Professor Roy Gutterman who is the director of the Tully Center for Free Speech described how this incident will have a long-term effect on fellow writers. Amber Heard’s 2018 op-ed is not only a curse in the actress’s life but also the future writers. 

The money has not been given to Johnny Depp yet but if the amount is reconsidered by the judge, the amount might go down. So, what’s your opinion on the verdict of Amber Heard 2018’s op-ed?

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