Actor Johnny Depp has won the lawsuit accusing his ex-wife, Amber Heard, of defamation, six weeks after the trial.
The jury decided that Heard would have to pay $15 million (€14 million) to the ex-husband, while the latter, accused of defamation, was awarded $2 million (€1.9 million). The jury, which deliberated over three days, found the actress guilty of defamation of her ex-husband, including accusations of malicious conduct and false testimony.
Depp, who asked for 50 million, was not present at the hearing, because he was working in the UK. In response to the sentence, the actor said he was “free”.
“Six years ago, my life, the lives of my children, the lives of the people closest to me and also the lives of the people who supported and believed in me for so many years changed forever forever. False allegations, very serious, were made through the media, resulting in the release of an endless amount of hateful content, on Although no charges were brought against me. Suddenly the story spread around the world in a nanosecond and had a seismic effect on my life and career. Six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am really happy. (…) Telling the truth was something I owed to my children And to all those who persevered in my support. I feel at peace knowing I finally got it. The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun,” he said.
Meanwhile, Heard regretted the decision, saying it was a shame she was convicted of speaking out. “It breaks my heart that the mountain of evidence remains insufficient to counter the unequal power and influence of my ex. I am even more disappointed by what this ruling means for other women. It is a throwback. She rejects the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously. I am sad to lose this The case. But I feel sad because I seem to have really lost what I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly.”
Depp filed a complaint in 2018, following an article in the Washington Post in which the actress claimed she had been a victim of domestic violence, even without naming it — his defense deemed it obvious the article referred to him, hurting him. reputation. During this time, the actor lost some jobs, namely in Disney, who was the famous Jack Sparrow from the saga of Pirates of the Caribbean.
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