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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard issue statements after verdict: One is thrilled, other heartbroken

Johnny Depp had sued Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” The jury on Wednesday sided with Depp and awarded him $15 million.

Parina Taneja Edited by: Parina Taneja New Delhi Updated on: June 02, 2022 10:48 IST
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard issue statements
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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard issue statements 

Johnny Depp- Amber Heard Case: The televised trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has finally come to an end with the jury siding with the Pirates of the Caribbean actor. In the libel lawsuit against his ex-wife, Depp has been awarded more than $10 million and vindicating his allegations that Heard lied about Depp abusing her before and during their brief marriage. The jury also awarded $2 million to Amber Heard in view that the actress was defamed by one of Depp's lawyers, who accused her of creating a detailed hoax that included roughing up the couple's apartment to look worse for police.

Heard was in the courtroom as the verdict was read and was 'heartbroken'. However, Depp, who was not present during the verdict, was thrilled and issued a statement soon after the verdict. He said that the court gave him his life back that was changed 'in the blink of an eye' six years ago.

Johnny Depp's statement after the verdict:

Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported and believed in me were forever changed.

All in the blink of an eye.

False, very serious and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had already traveled around the world twice within a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career.

And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled.

My decision to pursue this case, knowing very well the height of the legal hurdles that I would be facing and the inevitable, worldwide spectacle into my life, was only made after considerable thought.

From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that.

I am, and have been, overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and the colossal support and kindness from around the world. I hope that my quest to have the truth be told will have helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those supporting them never give up. I also hope that the position will now return to innocent until proven guilty, both within the courts and in the media.

I wish to acknowledge the noble work of the Judge, the jurors, the court staff and the Sheriffs who have sacrificed their own time to get to this point, and to my diligent and unwavering legal team who did an extraordinary job in helping me to share the truth.

The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun.

Veritas numquam perit.

Truth never perishes.

Amber Heard's statement after the verdict:

The disappointment I feel today is beyond words," Heard wrote in her statement. "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.

I'm even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke up could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.

I believe Johnny's attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the U.K.

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.

Meanwhile, Johnny Depp had sued Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” His lawyers said he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned his name.

The jury found in Depp's favor on all three of his claims relating to specific statements in the 2018 piece.

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