Jury awards Depp $15 million in damages, awards Heard $2 million in damages

FAIRFAX, Va. – Following a six-week-long trial, a verdict was reached in the defamation case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

Originally, Depp sued Amber Heard for $50 million for defamation over her 2018 op-ed, in addition to her claims that he was physically violent with her.

Amber Heard then counter-sued Depp for $100 million and claimed she was only ever violent against Depp in self-defense.

After three days of deliberations, the jury found Amber Heard liable for defamation against Johnny Depp, awarding $15 million in damages.

For Heard’s countersuit, the jury awarded her $2 million in damages.

Johnny Depp was not present during the verdict due to previously scheduled work commitments and watched the verdict from the United Kingdom.

Amber Heard released a statement following the verdict, saying, “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband.

Heard stated how disappointed she was not only in the case, but for what she believes it means for other women, calling it a “setback.”

Heard additionally added, “I’m sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American to speak freely and openly.”

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