Johnny Depp reacts to the verdict won in Amber Heard’s trial

The trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is finally over.

The verdict came in a courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia on Wednesday afternoon.

The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages and no punitive damages. Virginia law states that punitive damages must be capped at $350,000, meaning Depp will actually receive a maximum total of $10.35 million.

In a lengthy statement to The Post, Depp said through a spokesman: “Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the life of the people closest to me, and also the life of the people who, for many, many years, have been the who supported me and believed in me were changed forever.”

“Everything in a jiffy,” he continued.

“False, very serious and criminal allegations have been leveled against me through the media, sparking an endless stream of hate content, although no charges have ever been brought against me. It had already traveled around the world twice in a nanosecond and had a seismic impact on my life and career.”

“And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I’m really humble.”

“My decision to pursue this case, knowing well the magnitude of the legal hurdles I would face and the inevitable global spectacle of my life, was made only after careful consideration.”

“From the beginning, the goal of bringing this case forward was to uncover the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something I owed to my children and to all those who have steadfastly supported me. I feel reassured knowing I’ve finally made it.”

“I am and have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and tremendous support and kindness from around the world. I hope that my search for the truth has helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation and that those who support them never give up. I also hope that the position now reverts to innocence until proven guilty, both in court and in the media.”

“I want to acknowledge the noble work of the judge, jury, court staff and sheriffs who have sacrificed their own time to get to this point, and my hardworking and unwavering legal team who have done an extraordinary job in helping me helped share the truth.”

Depp concluded: “The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun. Veritas numquam perit. The truth never goes away.”

Heard told the Post in a statement regarding the decision that she is “disappointed at what this ruling means for other women.”

“The disappointment I feel today is indescribable. I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was still insufficient to withstand my ex-husband’s disproportionate power, influence and influence.”

“I am sad that I lost this case. 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,” Heard added.

While the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor was not physically present for the sentencing hearing – he was in the UK for work – he did listen to the court hearing.

The seven-member jury made its decision on Wednesday morning, the third day of deliberations.

“Due to previously planned work commitments made ahead of the trial, Mr Depp will not be physically present at today’s 3pm sentencing hearing and will be watching from the UK,” a source told The Post today.

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Johnny Depp points to the courtroom gallery as he leaves the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse for the day Monday, May 23, 2022.
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Heard was in the courtroom during the sentencing. A representative for the ‘Aquaman’ star told The Post today of her court appearance: “Your presence shows where your priorities lie. Johnny Depp plays guitar in the UK while Amber Heard awaits judgment in Virginia.”

Depp played a surprise concert in England with Jeff Beck on Sunday. “Depp takes his giggles and lack of seriousness with him on tour,” the rep added.

Heard has maintained throughout the trial that her career and involvement in the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom have been diminished as a result of the trial.

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Heard will testify in the courtroom of the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse on Thursday, May 26, 2022.
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“I missed opportunities. I got dropped from jobs and campaigns. I’ve been fighting to keep my job and the biggest film opportunity I’ve ever had, Justice League, with the option to do so [star in] ‘Aquaman,'” she said during one of her statements.

Heard and Depp were married from 2015 to 2018.

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