DonLever Posted June 1, 2022 Share Posted June 1, 2022 (edited) https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/johnny-depp-amber-heard-verdict-1.6473926 Court finds Depp should be awarded $15M US, gives Heard $2M US in counterclaim A U.S. jury has ruled that Johnny Depp and his ex-wife, actor Amber Heard, were both defamed over claims of abuse before and during their brief marriage, but awarded Depp more damages in the highly public case. Heard remained solemn in the Virginia courtroom as the verdict in the libel case was delivered. Depp was not present. Depp, perhaps best known for his starring role in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, had accused Heard of libelling him with a 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as "a public figure representing domestic abuse." On Wednesday, the jury in Fairfax County Circuit Court sided with Depp on that front, and found he should be awarded $15 million US in damages. But the jury also had to rule on a counterclaim filed by Aquaman star Heard, who said she was defamed by Depp's lawyer when he called her allegations a hoax. The jury also found in favour of Heard, and said she should receive $2 million US. Depp and Heard met on the set of the 2011 film The Rum Diary and married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard, a model and actress, filed for divorce the following year and obtained a restraining order against Depp on the grounds of domestic abuse. The divorce was finalized in 2017. Heard 'disappointed,' Depp 'humbled' Following the verdict, Heard said she was heartbroken. "I'm even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It's a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously," she said in a statement posted on her Twitter account. Meanwhile, Depp said "the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled." "I hope that my quest to have the truth be told will have helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those supporting them never give up," he said in a statement posted to Instagram. Edited June 1, 2022 by DonLever Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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