Verdict in Depp vs Heard case

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Johnny Depp has won his defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard.

A jury has also determined that Depp defamed Heard – but it was through his attorney, Adam Waldman, and only in one of three counts.

Depp sued Heard for $50m for an article in which she claimed to be a victim of domestic abuse.

Though she never mentioned Depp by name in the article, the suit claims that the piece “depends on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.”

Heard counter-sued for $100m, after Depp’s lawyer called her allegations a hoax.

 

THE VERDICT

According to BBC News, the jury found that Heard’s statements about her marriage were “false” and conveyed “a defamatory implication” to people other than Depp.

They also found she acted with “actual malice” and awarded Depp $10m in compensatory damages and $5m in punitive damages.

The jury also found in favor of Heard, who said she was defamed by Depp’s lawyer when he called her abuse allegations a hoax.

They awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages and no money for punitive damages.

Depp and Heard have both issued statements regarding the ruling:

According to reports, Depp watched the proceedings from the United Kingdom due to “previously scheduled work commitments” while Heard attended the hearing.

The jury began their deliberations late last week following a high-profile six-week trial that has garnered intense public interest.

Depp and Heard met on the set of “The Rum Diary” in 2009.

They were married in February 2015, with Heard filing for divorce in May 2016.

The divorce was finalized in 2017.