The decision has been rendered within the defamation lawsuit filed by Johnny Depp towards his ex-wife Amber Heard. The jury present in favor of Depp on all three costs, supporting his declare that statements Heard made in a December 2018 article have been defamatory and accomplished with “precise malice.” Depp is to be awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and one other $5 million in punitive damages (though Choose Penney Azcarate stated that latter quantity can be capped at $350,000 as a consequence of state legal guidelines).
Depp sued Heard over a Washington Post op-ed, during which she referred to herself as “a public determine representing home abuse.” Heard by no means named Depp within the piece, however the Pirates of the Caribbean actor stated it affected his capacity to get work and sought $50 million. She countersued Depp in 2020 for $100 million, stating that Depp and his workforce had tarnished her popularity by making an attempt to discredit her allegations towards him. She particularly cited comments by Adam Waldman, a one-time lawyer for Depp, claiming that she had set Depp up in an “abuse hoax.”
Heard’s countersuit was not deemed to be absolutely profitable, as a result of she and her workforce didn’t show all the mandatory parts of defamation. She was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages over one declare associated to Waldan’s quotes.
In a statement released on Instagram, Depp wrote, “Six years in the past, my life, the lifetime of my youngsters, the lives of these closest to me, and likewise, the lives of the individuals, who for a lot of, a few years have supported and believed in me have been without end modified. All within the blink of a watch…And 6 years later, the jury gave me my life again.”
In a statement released on social media following the decision, Heard wrote, “I’m heartbroken that the mountain of proof nonetheless was not sufficient to face as much as the disproportionate energy, affect, and sway of my ex-husband. I’m much more dissatisfied with what this verdict means for different girls. It’s a setback. It units again the clock to a time when a lady who spoke up and spoke out might be publicly shamed and humiliated.”
It was Depp’s second high-profile lawsuit associated to Heard, following a libel case he lost against English tabloid The Sun, which referred to him as a “spouse beater.”
The trial befell in Virginia due to the location of the Post’s press, and has been omnipresent within the information and on social media throughout the earlier six weeks. Throughout testimony, Heard accused Depp of various acts of abuse, together with that he had “sexually assaulted” her whereas they have been on a visit to Australia. Her authorized workforce additionally introduced disturbing text messages Depp had written about her when the pair have been nonetheless married. Depp and his workforce denied these claims, whereas arguing that Heard had been physically violent in the direction of him and claiming she had doctored images to indicate that she had been abused.
Outlets like the Poynter Institute have famous that the trial might have an effect on whether or not victims of home abuse are keen to share their experiences in writing or probably shifting ahead with costs.
The impression the decision has on the 2 actors’ profession will take years to completely grasp. Depp resigned from his role within the Harry Potter spin-off franchise Unbelievable Beasts on the studio’s request days after dropping his libel trial, and has primarily appeared in smaller movies over the previous few years. Heard’s performing output has additionally dropped significantly, although she has a outstanding function in Aquaman and the Misplaced Kingdom, a DC superhero movie due out in March 2023.
Heard has the choice to attraction the case.