Defamation claims against Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have both been found guilty of defamation by a jury. Actor Johnny Depp scored a major victory in court when a jury decided to give him far more money in damages. Ex-wife Heard was sued by Depp for defamation after she wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post describing herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.
” Despite the fact that Depp was not identified in the piece, he alleges it cost him lucrative acting roles. A defamation suit was filed by Heard against her ex-husband for remarks Depp’s lawyer made about his client’s abuse allegations. There were three statements in the Washington Post post by Heard that were determined to be defamatory of Johnny Depp, and one statement by Depp’s attorney.
How Much did Depp receive compensatory damages?
Depp received $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages from the jury. Heard was granted $2 million in compensatory damages and no punitive damages by the jury. Both Depp and Heard asked for large sums of money in their lawsuits. Virginia’s $350,000 cap on punitive damages meant the judge reduced the award to that amount.
According to CNN Legal Analyst Joey Jackson, the decision represents a “tremendous” legal success for Depp and a repudiation of Heard. According to Jackson, it’s a “terrific win.” “Specifically, he had to deal with the fundamental First Amendment privilege that every one of us has to freely express our ideas and opinions. If you say something that harms someone’s reputation and hurts their business in a First Amendment violation, the jurors ruled, then you do have a First Amendment right.”
She expects to appeal the verdict, a spokesman for Heard, David Shane, told CNN.
What Depp React to The Verdict
During the reading of the verdict in the courtroom, Heard kept her eyes lowered. Depp did not appear in court, but he issued a statement in which he stated, in part, that “the jury handed me my life back.”
After the verdict was announced, Johnny Depp’s attorneys Benjamin Chew and Camilla Vasquez spoke to the media. After the verdict was announced, Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez, Johnny Depp’s attorneys, addressed the media. “From the start, the purpose of this lawsuit was simply to expose the truth, no matter what the outcome was. Truth-telling was a duty I owed to my children and to everyone who has stood by my side throughout my life “he explained. “I’m relieved to finally be done with this,” I tell myself.
His lawyers thanked the jury and said it was time to “turn the page and look toward the future” during a press conference on Wednesday. Jurors and the court staff had “devoted a huge amount of time and resources to this case,” attorney Camille Vasquez said outside the courthouse. “We are grateful, incredibly grateful.”
- In a statement, Heard expressed her “heartbreak” at the decision.
- She embraces her attorney Elaine Bredehoft in celebration of the decision.
- She embraces her lawyer Elaine Bredehoft in celebration of the decision.
“It is impossible for me to express how disappointed I am right now. Despite a mound of proof, my ex-husband still had too much power, influence, and sway over me. I’m heartbroken “Said what I’ve heard.
During the filming of “The Rum Diary” in 2009, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard first met. They were married from 2015 to 2016 before separating.
Johnny Depp Trail Has Begun
Heard testified that Johnny Depp was verbally and physically abusive to her during their relationship. Also, she alleged that Depp abused her sexually. ‘ Multiple times, Depp asserted on the witness stand that Heard had assaulted him sexually and that he had been the victim of domestic abuse by Heard, both of which she rejects.
In court on Wednesday, Amber Heard departed.
In the trial, both Heard and Depp’s lawyers used images, audio and video recordings, and other evidence to support their positions. Depp and Heard’s marriage counselor, Laurel Anderson, testified on April 14 that the couple had what she called “mutual abuse,” which she classified as a kind of domestic violence.
Kate Moss and Walter Hamada, the CEO of DC Films, were among the witnesses for Depp’s defense team during the trial. WB Discovery, the parent company of CNN and DC Films also owns these studios.)
Heard’s testimony was bolstered by the presence of actress Ellen Barkin and a number of former Depp acquaintances. Heard had fewer fans in the entertainment industry and around the courthouse than Johnny Depp.