A Big, Though Not Total Win For Johnny Depp In Defamation Trial

The trial of the year has finally come to a close. To review, Johnny Depp filed a defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard for $50 million after she wrote an op-ed for “The Washington Post” in 2018 in which she called herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” She then countersued him for $100 million.

After Friday’s closing arguments, Johnny’s attorney tried to have something Amber’s lawyer said disregarded by the jury. After Camille Vasquez told jurors that they had to “either believe all of it, or none of it” when it came to her allegations of domestic abuse and sexual assault against her client, Ben Rottenborn said in his argument, “Ruling against Amber here sends a message that no matter what you do as an abuse victim, you aways have to do more. No matter what you document, you always have to document more.” The judge denied the motion.

When the verdict came in, it was a win for Johnny. The jury awarded him $10 million in compensatory damages and another $5 million in punitive damages. But Amber got something, too – $2 million in compensatory damages in her countersuit.

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Amber Heard & Johnny Depp Speak Out

Now that the fat lady has sang in the case of Johnny Depp versus Amber Heard, the two are speaking out. As we told you, Johnny was the bigger winner in the defamation case. The jury awarded him $10 million in compensatory damages and another $5 million in punitive damages. Amber only got $2 million in compensatory damages in her countersuit. 

“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words,” Amber said in an Insta-statement delivered minutes after the verdict. “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.” She went on to say that the verdict was a setback for other women in domestically violent situations. She ended with, “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.” You read her missive in its entirety below…

Johnny also responded to 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,” he said in a statement. “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.” He ended his statement with, “Six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled.”

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