A jury on Wednesday dominated in favor of Johnny Depp in his libel lawsuit towards ex-wife Amber Heard, vindicating his stance that Heard fabricated claims that she was abused by Depp earlier than and through their temporary marriage.The jury additionally present in favor of Heard, who stated she was defamed by Depp’s lawyer when he referred to as her abuse allegations a hoax.
Jury members discovered Depp ought to be awarded $10.35 million in damages, whereas Heard ought to obtain $2 million.
The verdicts convey an finish to a televised trial that Depp had hoped would assist restore his popularity, although it changed into a spectacle of a vicious marriage. physique. All through the trial, followers — overwhelmingly on Depp’s facet — lined up in a single day for coveted courtroom seats. Spectators who couldn’t get in gathered on the road to cheer Depp and jeer Heard at any time when both appeared exterior.
Depp sued Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court docket over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Publish describing herself as “a public determine representing home abuse.” His attorneys stated he was defamed by the article despite the fact that it by no means talked about his title.
Whereas the case was ostensibly about libel, many of the testimony centered on whether or not Heard had been bodily and sexually abused, as she claimed. Heard enumerated greater than a dozen alleged assaults, together with a combat in Australia — the place Depp was capturing a “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel — during which Depp misplaced the tip of his center finger and Heard stated she was sexually assaulted with a liquor bottle.