After the verdict in the Johnny Depp trial against Amber Heard, the actress expresses herself in a short statement. The verdict hits the 36-year-old hard, but she also fears a setback for other women. Johnny Depp, on the other hand, is relieved.
$8.35 million is the amount the jury awarded the actor in the trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Shortly after the verdict in the court in Fairfax, Virginia, in an initial statement, Amber Heard expressed no understanding of the verdict. “My disappointment cannot be described. I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was not enough to stand up to my ex-husband’s disproportionate power and influence,” the statement said. But she is even more disappointed about what the verdict means for other women. “It’s a step backwards. It takes us back to a time when women who speak up and speak up can be publicly humiliated. It destroys the idea that violence against women is taken seriously.”
Heard also identified the key factor in the process with Johnny Depp’s lawyers. “I believe Johnny’s lawyers were very successful in persuading the jury to disregard freedom of expression and evidence that led to a different verdict in the UK trial.” In autumn 2020, a court in London had decided in the defamation trial against Johnny Depp. Accordingly, Depp can be described as a “wife thug”. In the process, Depp sued the tabloid The Sun, which had labeled the actor that way. “I’m sad that I lost the case. But I’m no sadder that I’ve apparently lost a right that I firmly believed in as an American — the right to speak freely and openly.”
Johnny Depp: Jury gave his life back to him
Of course, Johnny Depp, who stayed away from the verdict, made a completely different statement. “Six years ago my life, the lives of my children and the lives of those close to me were changed forever,” the actor said in his statement. In 2016, Heard filed for divorce after just 15 months of marriage. She accused Depp of domestic violence. False, very serious and criminal allegations had been made against him through the media and had brought a lot of hatred to him – although he had never been convicted, Depp said in his statement. “Six years later, the jury gave me my life back”.
It took a long time before he could bring himself to file a lawsuit, Depp assured – knowing full well that the eyes of the world were on him. “The goal of this process was to get the truth out, regardless of the outcome.” He owed it to his children and all his supporters to tell the truth. “I feel inner peace now knowing I made it.”
Depp also thanked the supporters who stood by him unconditionally. “I hope that my quest to bring the truth out has helped men and women who are in a similar situation and that those who support them will never stop.” He now hopes that he will once again be seen as an innocent man in the courtrooms and the media. “The best is yet to come and a new chapter has begun. The truth will never go away.”