Johnny Depp Wins Defamation Case Against Amber Heard
The jury found that Ms Heard defamed Depp on all three counts and awarded him $10m in compensatory damages and $5m in punitive damages.
Heard was awarded $2m in compensatory damages, but no punitive damages.
This is a very big and actually quite surprising victor for Johnny Depp.
The reason I say this is because it was going to be very difficult to prove that Amber Heard’s op-ed in The Washington Post was defamatory since she never mentioned the actor by name.
However, the jury found Ms Heard guilty of defamation on all counts.
That said, the Aquaman actress has counter-sued Johnny Depp for $100 million.
She is claiming that Depp, through his lawyer’s statements, defamed her after claiming that her allegations were a “hoax”.
Johnny Depp has won his defamation case against his ex-wife, Amber Heard
In closing arguments, Depp’s lawyers asked jurors to “give him his life back” after it was “ruined” by Heard’s domestic abuse allegations.
In his statement, issued via a spokesperson, Depp said: “My decision to pursue this case, knowing very well the height of the legal hurdles that I would be facing and the inevitable, worldwide spectacle into my life, was only made after considerable thought.
“From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that.”
Depp continued: “I hope that my quest to have the truth be told will have helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those supporting them never give up.
“I also hope that the position will now return to innocent until proven guilty, both within the courts and in the media.”
The actor signed his statement “Veritas numquam perit” – Truth never perishes.
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