Actor Amber Heard mentioned she was upset “past phrases” by the US jury’s verdict within the defamation case her ex husband and actor Johnny Depp filed in opposition to her.
The jury Wednesday discovered each Depp and Heard chargeable for defamation — however sided extra strongly with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star following an intense trial using on bitterly contested allegations of home abuse.
“The frustration I really feel in the present day is past phrases,” Heard mentioned in an announcement. “I am heartbroken that the mountain of proof nonetheless was not sufficient to face as much as the disproportionate energy, affect, and sway of my ex-husband.
“I am much more upset with what this verdict means for different girls,” she mentioned. “It’s a setback. It units again the concept that violence in opposition to girls is to be taken significantly.”
The five-man, two-woman jury, after deliberating over three days, discovered that Heard had defamed Depp in an op-ed piece, and awarded him $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
On the identical time, the jury discovered that the 58-year-old Depp had made defamatory claims in opposition to the 36-year-old Heard and likewise awarded her compensatory damages — however a a lot decrease quantity of $2 million.
Heard, her eyes downcast all through, listened impassively, as the decision was learn out in Fairfax County Circuit Courtroom close to the US capital — later declaring herself “heartbroken” by the end result.
Depp, who has been in England for the previous few days, was not in courtroom for the decision within the high-profile trial that hinged on lurid claims and counterclaims of home abuse between the Hollywood celebrities.
However in an announcement he welcomed the decision.
“The jury gave me my life again,” he mentioned. “From the very starting, the objective of bringing this case was to disclose the reality, whatever the end result.
“The perfect is but to come back and a brand new chapter has lastly begun.”
Depp filed go well with in opposition to Heard over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Submit in December 2018 during which she described herself as a “public determine representing home abuse.”
The Texas-born Heard, who had a starring function in “Aquaman,” didn’t identify Depp within the piece, however he sued her for implying he was a home abuser and sought looking for $50 million in damages.
Heard countersued for $100 million, saying she was defamed by statements made by Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, who instructed the Day by day Mail her abuse claims had been a “hoax.”
Each wanted to show the statements had been defamatory, and to win compensatory or punitive damages, the jury wanted to search out they had been made with precise malice — with data that they had been false or with “reckless disregard” for whether or not they had been false or not.