The court ruled in favor of Depp, noting that Amber Heard defamed him in the “Washington Post” article. The actor was awarded $ 15 million in damages
After a marathon process, the jurors reached a verdict in his court dispute Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
In particular, the court ruled in favor of Depp, noting that Amber Heard defamed him in the “Washington Post” article. The jurors concluded that the statement was false, defamatory and malicious. $ 15 million in damages awarded to Depp
The protagonist of “Pretty Little Liars”, Ashley Bensoncelebrated the verdict by posting a photo of the 58-year-old actor on Instagram, writing simply as a caption: “Yes!».
Sharon Osbourne appeared more shocked by the decision, noting on Piers Morgan’s “TalkTV” show: “It was not what I expected. I mean, I wanted Johnny Depp to win, but I did not expect him to win».
However, perhaps the most important reaction came from the two actors involved in the case. «Six years ago, my life, the lives of my children, the lives of those closest to me, but also of the people who for many, many years supported me and believed in me, changed forever“, Writes, among others, Depp in his announcement after the court decision.
«All in the blink of an eye. False, very serious and criminal accusations were leveled at me through the media, which caused an endless barrage of hatred, although no accusations were ever leveled against me.
They had already traveled around the world twice in a nanosecond and that shook my life and career.
And six years later, the jury body gave me back my life. I say it humbly… The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun.
Veritas numquam perit. The truth is never lost“, Adds the actor.
The musician Ryan Adamswho was accused by many women of physical and emotional abuse in 2019, reacted to Depp’s statement with heart, praise and flame emojis.
On the other hand, Amber Heardas reported by Page Six, states “crushed»For the verdict. As she notes in her announcement, “the frustration I feel today is great. My heart is broken that the mountain of evidence was not enough to resist the disproportionate power and influence of my ex-husband».
Herd states that it is “a setback. It goes back in time to a time when a woman who spoke could be ashamed and humiliated in public. It subverts the idea that violence against women must be taken seriously.
I believe that Johnny’s lawyers managed to get the jury to ignore the key issue of freedom of speech and the facts that were so convincing and so we won in the UK. I’m sad that I lost this case. But I’m even sadder that I seem to have lost the right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly».
Amber Heard won one of her counterclaims against Depp for his lawyer’s comments to the Daily Mail and was awarded $ 2 million in damages.
How it all started
It all started when Amber Heard wrote an article in the Washington Post in 2018, in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence.” Although she did not name her ex-husband, Johnny Depp sued her for defamation, asking for $ 50 million because the article damaged his reputation and career. The actor’s side has denied all allegations of violence.
For her part, Herd also filed a lawsuit against Depp, asking for 100 million dollars, after his lawyer’s statements that the actress is lying. It is recalled that the actress had filed precautionary measures against Depp the year she filed for divorce.
Few and select celebrities at the time talked about who they supported
Comedians Chris Rock, Joe Rogan and Bill Burr sided with Depp, calling Amber Heard a “crazy woman and liar.”
Johnny Depp co-star in “Dark Shadows” Eva Green even said on Instagram that she has no doubt that “his life will now be better than ever for him and his family”.
The black beauty, Naomi Campbell, also stood by Johnny Depp. In fact, after the testimony of Kate Moss, the former lover of the actress, Campbell wrote in a message on social media to Kate Moss: “Say it!”
Kate Moss “acquitted” Johnny Depp in a testimony of just three minutes. The 48-year-old supermodel categorically denied that her then partner pushed her down the stairs.
Amber Heard, for her part, had some supporters, such as Howard Stern, who called the actor a “narcissist,” and Julia Fox.