After the verdict in the defamation trial, Johnny Depp made an emotional statement on Instagram.
Johnny Depp (58) spoke up after the verdict was read in the defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard (36). The Hollywood star, who was not in Fairfax, Virginia, during the announcement, sent emotional lines to his Instagram followers, who numbered around 20 million at the time.
Six years ago, his life and that of his children, his loved ones and his long-time supporters “changed forever. All in just a moment.” “False, very serious and criminal allegations” were raised against him via the media. These unleashed an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against him.
“Six years later, the jury gave me my life back”
In a nanosecond, the allegations, which had a “shattering impact on my life and career,” went around the world twice. “And six years later, the jury gave me my life back.” He said he only made the decision to take the matter to court after careful consideration – knowing what hurdles he would have to overcome and that his life would inevitably become a “worldwide spectacle”.
From the beginning, his goal was “to uncover the truth,” no matter how it all ended. “Telling the truth was something I owed to my children and to everyone who has been steadfast in their support of me,” Depp continues. He has now found his inner peace in having finally achieved all this. The post garnered more than a million likes in less than ten minutes.
The jury found the actor mostly right in his defamation trial on June 1. Heard slandered him, which is why she should pay $15 million in damages. But he also slandered Heard. According to the Hollywood star’s ex-wife, the jury agreed on fewer points, which is why Depp should pay damages of two million dollars – around 1.9 million euros.
What was Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard’s trial about?
Johnny Depp sued Amber Heard for $50 million over a 2018 post she published in The Washington Post. In the comment, the actress claimed to be a victim of domestic violence. She did not mention her ex-husband by name. Depp had claimed the post nevertheless ruined his career and damaged his reputation.
Heard has filed a $100 million counterclaim against her ex. The two originally married in 2015. The couple separated again in 2016 and divorced in 2017. Both parties have repeatedly accused each other of domestic violence.