Johnny Depp wins libel case against ex-wife Amber Heard

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Heard was awarded $2 million in damages for her counterclaim.

A Virginia jury has found that actress Amber Heard defamed Hollywood star Johnny Depp when she wrote a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post in which she alluded to her previous allegations of domestic violence, Variety reports. . The jury also found that Depp had defamed Heard through his attorney in defending himself against her charges. It awarded Depp $10 million in damages, plus $5 million in punitive damages, which Judge Penney Azcarate reduced to $350,000 under the state’s legal ceiling. Heard was awarded $2 million in damages for her counterclaim.

The jury, made up of five men and two women who have been deliberating their verdict since last Friday, also found that Heard had acted with “actual malice,” meaning they were convinced they had read the statements in the knowledge that they were wrong ‘diversity’.

Responding to the ruling from the UK, where he attended concerts, Depp said Heard’s false claims have had “a seismic impact on my life and career”. He said: “And six years later the jury gave me my life back . I’m really humble.”

Depp added that he was “overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and colossal support and kindness from around the world” and that the verdict left him “in peace.”

Although the jury awarded both sides damages, the result is a clear victory for Depp, who lost a similar trial in the UK in 2020, notes Variety.

Depp filed the lawsuit after The Sun newspaper called him a “wife beater.”

The judge ruled that Heard’s allegations were “essentially true.” According to ‘Variety’, the question now is whether Depp can rehabilitate his film career, which has been doomed for the past four years.

In a statement, Heard said she was “disappointed” and “heartbroken” with the result.

“The disappointment I feel today is indescribable,” Heard said.

“I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was still insufficient to withstand my ex-husband’s disproportionate power, influence and influence.”

She also pointed out that the verdict was “a setback” for women.

“It turns the clock back to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke up could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It puts aside the notion that violence against women needs to be taken seriously.”

Addressing the issue of freedom of expression, Heard said Depp’s lawyers managed to get the jury to overlook this “key issue” and “ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in Britain”.

She concluded by saying: “I’m sad to have lost this case.

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