After a brutal six-week defamation trial, the jury finally ruled Wednesday that Amber Heard had defamed Johnny Depp on three counts after just 13 hours of deliberation.
The jury ruled that Heard, 36, should pay Depp, 58, $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. They also awarded Heard $2 million in damages for defamation.
“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words,” Heard’s team said in a statement to The Post. “I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was still insufficient to withstand my ex-husband’s disproportionate power, influence and power.
“I am all the more disappointed by what this judgment means for other women. It’s a setback. It turns the clock back to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke up could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It throws back the notion that violence against women must be taken seriously,” Heard’s statement continued. “I believe Johnny’s lawyers managed to get the jury to overlook the key issue of freedom of expression and to ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in Britain.
“I am saddened to have lost this case,” Heard’s statement concluded. “But I’m even sadder that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American — to speak freely and openly.”
Depp, 58, is suing his ex-wife Heard for $50 million after she penned a Washington Post op-ed alleging an ex abused her. Though she never named Depp, he claimed the essay hurt his career and potential earnings. Heard then sued $100 million for alleging her abuse allegations were fabricated.
The jury eventually found that while Heard was guilty of all allegations of defamation, Depp only defamed his ex once, when Adam Waldman told the Daily Mail that Heard involved Depp in a “hoax” when police visited their home in 2016 .
In the courtroom, despite the star’s absence, Depp’s legal team shook hands and celebrated.
“Due to previously scheduled work commitments made ahead of the trial, Mr Depp will not be physically present at today’s 3pm sentencing and will be watching from the UK,” a source told The Post today, while Heard’s team covered the “curse of the Caribbean” star.
“Your presence shows where your priorities lie. Johnny Depp is playing guitar in the UK while Amber Heard is awaiting sentencing in Virginia,” a representative for Heard who was present at the court told The Post, referring to a surprise rock show Depp was hosting with Jeff Beck in England over the weekend played . “Depp takes his giggles and lack of seriousness with him on tour.”
But the pro-Depp ruling comes after weeks of hordes of fans flocking to the courthouse, supporting Depp and taunting Heard as the pair battled their high-profile case.
After the verdict was announced, Depp released a lengthy statement of thanks, saying he was “humbled” by the jury’s decision.
“The jury gave me my life back,” he said. “The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun. Veritas numquam perit. ‘Truth never fades.’”