Johnny Depp is the winner of the trial against Amber Heard, which rules that the accusations of abuse that the actress issued in The Washington Post are false. However, the jury sides with the actress in one of her defamation counterclaims.
The media trial for defamation between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has come to an end with a clear winner. The jury, made up of seven people, determines that Heard lied and made up the abuse allegationsand sentence to pay 15 million dollars to Johnny Depp in compensation.
The trial, which lasted six weeks, began when Depp sued Heard over accusations written in The Washington Post. In that diary, Heard described alleged cases of mistreatment and sexual abuse that he had suffered from his partner at that time.
The jury, five men and two women, has determined that such abuses cannot be proven true by hearing more than 60 witnessesincluding friends, relatives, employees, agents, doctors and psychologists of both (via Variety).
The Fairfax, Virginia jury finds that Heard acted maliciously by lying about her abuse.
Heard leaves the court as a clear loser (Depp was not present at the time of the verdict, he is in concert in England), but don’t leave empty handed (via The Country).
The jury has also determined that Depp defamed Heard in his countersuit, when Depp (actually his lawyer) said that “Mr. Depp was ambushed”. Depp will have to pay $2 million in compensation.
However, the jury did not consider defamatory or false the statements of Depp’s lawyer referred to Depp’s accusations as “hoax or hoax”, siding with the actor by considering Heard’s accusations to be a hoax.
— Amber Heard (@realamberheard) June 1, 2022
In a statement, Heard states that she is completely disappointed, “heartbroken that the mountains of evidence have failed to stand up to the disproportionate power and influence of my ex-husband“.
He adds that this verdict is a pushback for the idea that violence against women should be taken seriouslya throwback to a time “when women spoke up they were humiliated”.
By contrast, Depp declares in a statement sent (via The Hollywood Reporter) that “this verdict has brought him back to life“, emphasizing that the objective of the trial was to reveal the truth, something that he owed to his children and to all those who supported him.
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Earlier, Depp lost a similar lawsuit against The Sun newspaper. The actor sued the British newspaper, but the jury ruled in favor of the newspaper, which exposed the cases of physical and verbal abuse of Depp against Heard.
Shortly after, Depp lost his role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3, released this year with Madds Mikkelsen as a replacement. Depp has also been removed from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Heard’s role in the latest Aquaman movie also appears to have been cut, but according to the DC director it’s due to other creative reasons (chemistry issues with Jason Momoa).