Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard: Story and Final Verdict: They called Amber Heard’s accusations against him “a hoax,” according to the jury’s decision on Wednesday. Depp was paid $15 million in damages, while Heard was given $2 million.
On Wednesday, a Virginia jury determined that Amber Heard had defamed Johnny Depp in their high-profile divorce dispute. According to an op-ed published by Heard in The Washington Post in 2018, Depp had assaulted Heard when they were a couple.
The jury found all three charges filed by Depp’s legal team to be legitimate, and he was awarded $15 million. Only one of Heard’s counter-suits was successful, and she was granted $2 million in damages.
What did the jury find in the Depp v Heard trial?
Heard’s legal team’s job was to prove the charges she made in the 2018 article outlining the allegations of abuse throughout the seven-week trial. Although she didn’t mention Depp by name, she defined herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Depp was the subject of a previous court hearing, which concluded that she was alluding to her connection with him.
When deciding whether or not the essay’s substance amounted to defamation under the high standard imposed by American courts, the jury had a variety of considerations to examine.
They ruled that she had behaved with malice in publishing her op-ed, not just because she had deliberately misrepresented the truth. $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive penalties make up the $15 million awarded to Johnny Depp.
Amber Heard speaks of “setback” for women
Jurors found that Amber Heard defamed her ex-husband Johnny Depp by presenting herself as a victim of domestic abuse in a public court hearing today. The jury ruled that she had failed to prove her allegations, and as a result, Depp was awarded $15 million in damages from the actress. An “a setback, it sets back the clock.” is how Heard described the ruling.
The story in a Snapshot: Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard
Johnny Depp has sued Heard for $50 million for a Washington Post story she wrote in 2018 that said he was an abuser. Over Adam Walkman’s accusations, Heard countersued her ex-husband for $100 million. Amber Heard was judged to have made three defamatory comments, while Johnny Depp was found to have made one with his lawyer’s reply.
Bitter accusations and counter-accusations marked the high-profile trial of the two Hollywood celebrities. Heard made claims of physical and verbal abuse and sexual assault in her testimony. Depp, too, has accused Heard of domestic violence. Both of them had disputed the other’s charges.
There has been an online effort to remove Amber Heard from her role as an American Civil Liberties Union women’s rights advocate. At the same time, the jury deliberates on Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard (ACLU).
One of the witnesses called to testify in the case against Amber Heard, Morgan Tremaine, disclosed the delay in the proceedings during the internet frenzy. Tremaine tweeted, “Looks like the jury had a question, so they’re still going at it.” according to his post.
If the jury concludes that Heard behaved with “actual malice,” which means she knew or recklessly disregarded the truth, she might be found guilty of libel. Her attorneys told the jury Depp’s libel suit had to fail since Heard had been abused even once.
Jeff Beck, who is presently on a UK tour, joined Johnny Depp on stage at the Royal Albert Hall for exceptional performance. At the same time, the Hollywood actor awaits the outcome of his multi-million dollar lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard.
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