Depp wins defamation case over Heard

Depp wins defamation case over Heard

Depp wins defamation case over Heard. Superstar actor Johnny Depp has won his defamation case against his ex-wife and Aquaman actress Amber Heard. On June. 1, a jury unanimously decided that Heard defamed Depp by saying he had abused her while they were in a relationship.

Depp, who wasn’t present in court to hear the decision due to a prior commitment, was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Depp originally sued for $50 million.

Heard countersued for $100 million, claiming she was only violent towards Depp in self-defence and the jury of seven people found Depp guilty on one count, awarding Heard $2 million in compensatory damages and $0 in punitive damages.

After the announcement, Depp took to Instagram to release an emotional statement.

Depp wins defamation case over Heard

“Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported and believed in me were forever changed,” the 58-year-old said. “False, very serious and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content. Six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled.”

Heard countered with a statement of her own to voice her frustrations.

“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband,” she said. “I’m sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right as an American – to speak freely and openly.

Some are speculating that Depp was confident in his chances to win his case prematurely as he made two guest appearances playing guitar on stage with English rockstar Jeff Beck over Memorial Day weekend.

When it comes to the next steps for each party, it seems Depp will not take on his role as Jack Sparrow if Disney were to make a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Depp agreed in court that if Disney came to him with $300 million, he would not go back to work on the film. Heard has already been cast in the Aquaman’s sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. A petition to have her removed from the cast has three million signatures.

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