‘Jury gave me my life again,’ Johnny Depp says after ruling that Amber Heard defamed him

‘The frustration I really feel right now is past phrases,’ Heard stated in a press release after the decision

A Virginia jury on Wednesday dominated that actor Amber Heard defamed ex-husband Johnny Depp in a extensively watched six-week trial that featured specific and graphic proof and testimony detailing the previous Hollywood couple’s soured relationship.

The seven-person jury additionally dominated in favor of Heard in some elements of her counter-suit towards Depp.

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Jurors awarded Depp US$15 million in damages from Heard. The panel awarded Heard US$2 million in damages.

Depp, the 58-year-old “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, sued Heard for US$50 million and argued that she defamed him when she known as herself “a public determine representing home abuse” in a newspaper opinion piece.

Heard, 36, countersued for US$100 million, saying Depp smeared her when his lawyer known as her accusations a “hoax.”

Depp has denied hitting Heard or any girl and stated she was the one who turned violent of their relationship.

“The jury gave me my life again. I’m actually humbled,” Depp, who watched the decision from Britain, stated in a press release issued by a spokesperson.

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Veritas numquam perit. Reality by no means perishes

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“The very best is but to return and a brand new chapter has lastly begun,” he added, ending with Latin phrase “Veritas numquam perit. Reality by no means perishes.”

Heard, seated within the courtroom between two of her attorneys, appeared down because the verdicts have been learn.

“The frustration I really feel right now is past phrases,” she stated in a press release. “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 disenchanted with what this verdict means for different ladies,” she added. “It’s a setback.”

’m much more disenchanted with what this verdict means for different ladies

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Depp and Heard met in 2011 whereas filming “The Rum Diary” and wed in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized about two years later.

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On the middle of the authorized case is a December 2018 opinion piece by Heard within the Washington Publish by which she made the assertion about home abuse. The article didn’t point out Depp by identify however his lawyer informed jurors it was clear that Heard was referring to him.

Throughout six weeks of testimony, Heard’s attorneys argued that she had informed the reality and that her feedback have been coated as free speech beneath the U.S. Structure’s First Modification.

All through the case, jurors listened to recordings of the couple’s fights and noticed graphic images of Depp’s bloody finger. He stated the highest of the finger was severed when Heard threw a vodka bottle at him in 2015.

Heard denied injuring Depp’s finger and stated Depp sexually assaulted her that evening with a liquor bottle. She stated she struck him solely to defend herself or her sister.

Testimony was livestreamed extensively on social media, drawing massive audiences to listen to particulars in regards to the couple’s troubled relationship.

As soon as amongst Hollywood’s largest stars, Depp stated Heard’s allegations value him “the whole lot.” A brand new “Pirates” film was placed on maintain and Depp was changed within the “Incredible Beasts” movie franchise, a “Harry Potter” spinoff.

Depp misplaced a libel case lower than two years in the past towards the Solar, a British tabloid that labeled him a “spouse beater.” A London Excessive Courtroom choose dominated that he had repeatedly assaulted Heard.

Depp’s attorneys filed the U.S. case in Fairfax County, Virginia, as a result of the Washington Publish is printed there. The newspaper isn’t a defendant.

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