The jury just ruled unanimously in favor of Johnny Depp in his lawsuit, ruling that Amber Heard’s characterization of him as a sexual abuser constituted slander.
The jury also determined that Heard’s charges in the Washington Post were malicious. Depp was given $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive penalties by the jury.
Here’s the thing: Amber was granted $2 million in her slander countersuit. Johnny accused Amber and her companions of fabricating a tale for the detectives under the supervision of her lawyer and publicist.
With the assistance of the ALCU, Heard wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in 2018, detailing her experience with domestic abuse and sexual violence, but she never referenced Depp by name. Regardless, Depp maintains the allegations have seriously harmed his career and image.
In response, he brought a $50 million defamation action against Heard, which was the subject of the recent Fairfax, Virginia trial. The defamation trial, which began last month on April 11, has exposed several bombshells regarding the former couple’s rocky relationship and their role in the Pirates of the Caribbean and Aquaman franchises. The jury has made a decision after several weeks of testimony and days of deliberation.