Virginia: Popular American actor Johnny Depp on Wednesday won a high-profile defamation lawsuit between him and his ex-wife Amber Heard. A jury in Fairfax, Virginia began deliberating on the case last Friday. Depp sued Heard for USD 50 million in 2018 after writing an op-ed for `The Washington Post` in which he called himself a “public figure representing domestic abuse”. Heard sued Depp for $100 million in claims that he suffered domestic violence during their 15-month marriage. The jury has awarded 1.5 million USD in damages to Johnny Depp. Amber Heard has also won her defamation case against Johnny Depp over articles in a privately owned newspaper in which Johnny Depp’s former lawyer described his claims of domestic abuse as a hoax. Damages.
Shortly after the decision came to light, Johnny Depp officially released a statement on his Instagram account, which read, “Six years ago, my life, my children’s lives, the lives of those closest to me and the lives of the people.” Life too. Those who supported and believed in me for many years were forever changed. Everything changed in the blink of an eye.”
“Through the media I was accused of false, very serious and criminal charges, triggering an endless stream of hate material, though no charges were ever brought against me. It has already circulated around the world twice within a nanosecond And it had a seismic effect on my life and my career. And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I’m really humbled,” Depp wrote.
“My decision to pursue this case, I was well faced with at the height of the legal hurdles and the inevitable worldwide spectacle in my life, was made only after much consideration. From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this matter up was to reveal the truth, regardless of the consequences. Telling the truth was something I had for my children and all those who stood firm in my support. I feel at peace knowing that I have finally done it.” Depp said.
Depp noted, “I am overwhelmed, and overwhelmed by the love and the immense support and kindness from around the world. I hope that my quest to tell the truth has helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation.” Found, and those who supported him never gave up. I also hope that the situation will now be cleared until proven guilty both in court and in the media. I would like to acknowledge the noble deed of the judge, the jurors, the court staff and To the sheriff who has sacrificed their time to get to this point, and to my hardworking and unwavering legal team who have done an extraordinary job in helping me share the truth.” Depp added that the best is yet to come. And a new chapter has finally begun.” Veritas numquam perit. Truth never perishes,” he said.
Hurd, on the other hand, expressed disappointment at the decision. She wrote a note on Twitter, which read, “The despair I feel today is beyond words. I am saddened that the mountain of evidence is still of my ex-husband’s disproportionate power, influence and sway. It wasn’t enough to cope.. I’m even more dismayed at what this decision means for other women. It’s a setback. It sets back a time when a woman who spoke and spoke publicly would It sets back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.”
— Amber Heard (@realamberheard) 1 June 2022
“I believe that Johnny’s lawyer was successful in getting the jury to ignore the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore the evidence, which was so conclusive that we won in the UK. I am sorry that I am in this case. Lost. But I’m still sad that I feel like I’ve lost a right as an American — to speak freely and openly,” she said.
After several years of dating, Depp and Heard married in 2015 in a very private ceremony at their home in Los Angeles. On 23 May 2016, Heard filed for divorce from Depp and obtained a temporary restraining order against the Oscar-nominated actor. She alleged that Depp physically abused her during their relationship, adding that it was usually under the influence of drugs or alcohol.