The Depp-Heard libel trial finally came to its conclusion. The jurors presented their verdict that is more in favour of Depp. Simply put, Johnny Depp wins the libel trial. The Jurors’ verdict ended up favouring him against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, who also didn’t entirely lose the case. She is too awarded money because of winning one of the three claims in the defamation case. The Pirates of the Carrabin star is awarded $15 million, and The Aquaman actress is to be given $2 million.
Johnny Depp Wins the Case
The legal conflict between the parted Hollywood celebrity couple started on April 11, 2022, when Depp filed a $50 million defamation suit against Heard for an article she published in 2018. Johnny also brought the Sun newspaper into the legal procedure since it published news against him and captioned it “wife-beater”. Ms Heard Claimed that in 2016, her former husband psychically abused her by throwing a cellphone to her face, but Depp denied the allegations.
Following 13 hours of deliberation, the jury decided that Depp was defamed by his ex-spouse. The court awarded him $5 million in punitive damages and $10 million in compensatory damages. The money against punitive damages was reduced to $350,000 by a Judge.
Johnny Depp wins the case for being victimized by Amber Heard. According to reports, the accusations and allegations of being an abuser were not true. Reportedly, Ms Heard was the one who started physical fights with him that turned out to be brutal for both of them.
What Did Amber Heard Get Out of The Trial?
Amber sought legal help to attaint $100 million in a countersuit against her ex-husband. However, the jury awarded her $2 million in compensatory damages only and no punitive damages. The jury found that one of the three statements in Heard’s countersuit made by Johnny’s former lawyer had been defamatory.
Also, the whole trial was televised and had become a hot topic for netizens. As far as social media is concerned, most people had already declared Depp the winner. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard case turned out to be a social media trend. But it seemed one-sided as Johnny’s fans praised him and mocked his ex-partner for losing in court even before the court made its decision. Johnny Depp wins the hearts of his fans by gaining victory in the court of law.
Broken Up Celebrities Talk Their Heart Out
After the jury’s verdict, Depp said in a statement to USA TODAY that he was thankful to the jury for giving his life back. His statement read that the decision to pursue the case while knowing the heights of legal problems was only to reveal the truth. He owed it to his kids and those who stood by him. He felt peace knowing that what he wanted was finally accomplished.
‘Johnny Depp wins the trial and leaves Amber Heard in disappointment. She was present in the court during the final hearing. Heard said she felt disappointed with what this decision would mean for other women. Amber continued, the mountain of evidence wasn’t enough, considering the acts of her ex-husband inappropriate. She mentioned that it’s even more disappointing to know what the verdict means to those women who wish to have freedom of speech against violence. Alafair Hall, the spokeswoman for Amber Heard, confirmed that the actress is planning to appeal the decision.