After 3 days of deliberations, jury sides with Johnny Depp on Defamation Case Against Amber Heard

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After three days of deliberation, Johnny Depp proved all elements of defamation against Amber Heard. The jury awarded $15 million in damages.

Heard won one of Depp’s counterclaims and was awarded $2 Million in compensatory damages.

Depp actor sued Heard in Feb. 2019 for $50 million, alleging a 2018 opinion article written by Heard damaged his career and that she had been the one who abused him. Heard stated in the article that she was now a “professional actress”. “a public figure representing domestic abuse,”Without naming Depp.

Heard counter-sued Depp to $100 million in Aug. 2020. He claimed that Depp orchestrated an online smear campaign designed to get her fired from modeling and acting roles.

The televised trial, which began in April, included lurid testimony from dozens of people in the ex-couple’s orbit, along with private correspondence, audio recordings and photographs.

Depp and Heard were married from 2015 to 2017. Heard and Depp were married from 2015 to 2017. Heard filed for divorce. Depp was granted a temporary restraining order in 2016.

“During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me,”She made the allegations in her complaint. “He has a short fuse.”

A divorce settlement was reached and Heard dropped the restraining order, The Washington Post reported. They also released a joint statement: “Our relationship was intensely passionate and periodically volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.”

After closing arguments from both sides on May 27, the jury was instructed to determine whether defamation with actual malice occurred. To meet this requirement, Heard must either have known that what she wrote was false, or acted with it. “reckless disregard for the truth,” According to the Associated Press,