After a long time of gathering attention on social media, the Johnny Depp & Amber Heard trial finally found its conclusion, with Depp winning the libel trial.
On Wednesday, a Virginia jury chose fundamentally for actor Johnny Depp, finding that a Washington Post article composed by his ex-wife Amber Heard was disparaging.
Members of the jury granted Depp $15 million in all-out harm, yet Judge Penney Azcarate covered the all-out at around $10 million as per state limits. Minutes after the fact, the board conveyed a blended decision in Heard’s countersuit, granting her $2 million in compensatory harm for one of three proclamations made by a lawyer for Depp, which she said were disparaging.
The verdict marked the end of emotional preliminary in the common lawsuit that exposed the disturbing marriage between Johnny and Amber.
The jury came to the consistent decision Wednesday following 13 hours of consultations.
Depp said he was “truly humbled” that the “jury gave me my life back” in an explanation to USA TODAY on Wednesday.
“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,” Depp’s statement read. “From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that.”
Depp was not present in the trial, having traveled to London for an unexpected exhibition over the course of the end of the week, however, Heard was visible in the court while the decision was being perused, peering down at the table before her.
“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words,” said Amber in a statement. “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 called the verdict a “setback” for women, “to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated.”
“It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously,” she said.