Both Amber Heard and Johnny Depp are found responsible for defamation by a jury

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In their defamation cases against one other, a jury held both Amber Heard and Johnny Depp responsible for defamation.

Depp sued his ex-wife, Heard, for defamation after she penned an op-ed for The Washington Post in 2018 in which she portrayed herself as a “public figure symbolizing domestic abuse.”

Depp alleges that the report cost him lucrative acting gigs, despite the fact that he was not identified in the article. Heard countersued Depp for defamation over statements made by Depp’s attorney about her abuse allegations.

The jury determined that Heard defamed Depp in three distinct statements in The Washington Post article, and that Depp defamed Heard in one statement made via his counsel.

Depp was given $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive penalties by the jury. Heard received $2 million in compensatory damages from the jury, but no punitive damages.

Depp demanded $50 million in damages, while Heard demanded $100 million. The judge decreased the punitive damages award to $350,000 since punitive damages in Virginia are capped at that level.

As the decision was read, Heard kept her gaze down. Depp was not in court, but issued a statement in which he said, in part, that “the jury handed me my life back.”

After the verdict was announced, Johnny Depp’s attorneys Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez spoke to the media.

“The purpose of pursuing this lawsuit from the start was to uncover the truth, regardless of the outcome. I owed it to my children and all those who have remained consistent in their support for me to tell the truth “he stated “I’m relieved that I’ve finally accomplished that.”

After the verdict was announced, Depp’s counsel expressed gratitude to the jury and the court. “It’s time to turn the page and look to the future,” he said on Wednesday.

“We are grateful, incredibly grateful,” attorney Camille Vasquez said outside court, “to the jury for their thorough deliberation, to the judge and the court staff who have given an incredible amount of time and resources to this case.”

In a statement, Heard expressed her “heartbreak” over the verdict.

“The disappointment I’m experiencing today is indescribable. I’m heartbroken that the amount of evidence was insufficient to overcome my ex-disproportionate husband’s power, influence, and control “Heard remarked.

Depp and Heard met on the set of their film “The Rum Diary” in 2009 and married for two years before separating in 2016.

Heard testified that Depp was verbally and physically abusive to her during their relationship. Depp was also accused of sexual assault by her.

Depp testified that he has never struck a woman, rejected Heard’s allegation of sexual battery, and claimed that he was a victim of domestic abuse by Heard, which she disputes.

During the trial, both Heard and Depp’s attorneys provided images, audio and video records to support their claims.

In testimony played on April 14, Laurel Anderson, a clinical psychologist who worked with Depp and Heard as their marriage counselor in 2015, stated the couple’s relationship had “mutual abuse” in it.

Depp’s side called witnesses throughout the trial, including model Kate Moss, with whom he had a past connection, and Walter Hamada, the head of DC Films.

On Heard’s behalf, actress Ellen Barkin and a number of former Depp acquaintances testified.

In the entertainment industry and in and around the courthouse, Heard had much fewer vocal supporters than Depp.

 

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