After seven weeks of bombshell testimony within the $100 million Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard defamation trial, a jury in Fairfax, Virginia has dominated in favour of Johnny Depp.
The Pirates of The Caribbean star has been awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
The 58-year-old launched an announcement minutes after the verdicts have been learn in his defamation lawsuit towards his ex-wife Amber Heard.
“The jury gave me my life again,” he stated, including later. “Reality by no means perishes.”
Heard says she is “Heartbroken” by verdict in favor of Johnny Depp: “The Disappointment I Really feel Right now Is Past Phrases”
Depp sued Amber Heard for $50 million after which she filed a countersuit towards him for $100 million. They every declare the opposite defamed them.
Choose Penney Azcarate introduced the jury in at 3 p.m. to announce the decision on the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia the place the trial has been ongoing for seven weeks.
Reacting to the decision, Heard referred to as it a “setback” for ladies.
“The frustration I really feel right this moment is past phrases. I am 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,” she stated in an announcement.
“I am much more disillusioned with what this verdict means for different girls. It’s a setback… It units again the concept that violence towards girls is to be taken severely,” she stated.
A number of dozen onlookers and Depp supporters have been posted outdoors for the decision, one man sporting a “Jack Sparrow” pirate hat and a girl with a placard studying: “It doesn’t matter what occurs right this moment, Johnny, you’re a winner!!! And the entire phrase is aware of the TRUTH!!!”
Dozens of witnesses testified through the trial, together with bodyguards, Hollywood executives, brokers, leisure business consultants, medical doctors, mates and relations.
Depp and Heard every spent days on the witness stand through the televised trial, which was attended by tons of of followers of the “Pirates” star and accompanied by a #JusticeForJohnnyDepp marketing campaign on social media.
Video and audio recordings of heated, profanity-laced arguments between the couple have been performed for the jury, which was additionally proven pictures of accidents allegedly suffered by Heard throughout their unstable relationship.
Depp testified that it was Heard who was ceaselessly violent and stated it has been “brutal” to take heed to “outlandish” accusations of home abuse made towards him.
Heard, who was married to Depp from 2015 to 2017, obtained a restraining order towards him in Could 2016, citing home violence.
Depp, a three-time Oscar nominee, filed a libel swimsuit in London towards the British tabloid The Solar for calling him a “wife-beater.” He misplaced that case in November 2020.
Either side have claimed harm to their Hollywood careers.