The jury in Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard’s trial have reached a verdict: the actress is guilty.
Amber Heard (36) is guilty of defamation! This is the result of the jury in Johnny Depp’s (58) trial against his ex-wife. Because the jury did not fill out all the paperwork correctly, the verdict was delayed. It was finally read out on June 1 at around 9:20 p.m. German time.
The jury came to a unanimous decision that Depp proved Heard acted defamatory. The jury ruled that the actress should pay Depp a total of $15 million in damages. Heard, in turn, was awarded $2 million in damages as part of a counterclaim.
Johnny Depp was not in Fairfax, Virginia, for the announcement. He is currently in Great Britain, where his ex-girlfriend Kate Moss (48), who testified via video link in the process, last visited him at a concert in London.
“Lies” or “Overwhelming” Evidence?
After about six long weeks of trial, the lawyers of both parties held their closing arguments on May 27th. Depp’s side had demanded that the actress be held accountable for her “lies” and that “his life” be given back to him. Heard’s lawyers, meanwhile, said there was “overwhelming” evidence that the Hollywood star had abused his ex-wife. The jury then withdrew to its deliberations.
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.