Capping a grueling six-week trial, a US jury finally made its decision on Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard last Wednesday, June 1, (US time) after a three-day deliberation.
With the jury voting in his favor, Johnny was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. This could change if Amber’s lawyers file an appeal.
Meanwhile, all is not lost for Amber as she will also be receiving $2 million in compensatory damages after the jury agreed that there was defamation on the side of Johnny’s lawyers who accused the actress of plotting an elaborate hoax.
In 2018, the actress wrote an Op-Ed piece for The Washington Post titled, I spoke up about sexual violence – and faced our culture’s wrath, That has to change. In her article, she made no mention of Johnny’s name but the actor’s lawyers claim that this Op-Ed piece was for him following the 2016 divorce.
Meanwhile, the actress released her statement after the decision as she felt defeated and disappointed not just for her but for the women who have been a victim of abuse. Until the very end. Amber claimed the amount of power that Johnny holds is still applicable with the decision.
“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words… I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously,” she wrote.
In his statement, the 58-year-old actor felt relieved with the decision.
“The jury gave my life back, I am truly humbled,” he said.
Johnny ended his statement on a positive note, feeling vindicated of all the things that have transpired for him in the past six years––losing acting roles and endorsements.
“The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun… Truth never perishes,” he closed.