The jury in the defamation case between Jonny Depp and Amber Heard has unanimously found in Depp’s favor. The jury determined that Heard had defamed Depp and that her op-ed in the newspaper accusing him of being a victim of domestic violence was malicious and directed at Johnny Depp. Depp was granted $15 million in total compensation ($10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages).
Similarly, the jury decided that Depp made defamatory charges against Heard, and awarded her compensatory damages of $2 million. Later, Amber said in a statement. “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband. I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously.”
After winning the trial, Johnny Depp resorted to social media to make a statement. His life, the lives of his children, and the lives of those closest to him changed, In the blink of an eye, he wrote.
The trial lasted six weeks, during which time the US jury heard testimony from both sides’ witnesses. Depp sued Heard in 2018 after she penned an op-ed in the Washington Post describing herself as a “domestic abuse survivor.” They married in 2015 and divorced in 2017.