Amber Heard Says She Lost Her American Right To Free’dom Of Speech Following Ver’dict In Johnny Depp Defa’mation Ca’se

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Amber Heard isn’t letting a gu’ilty ver’dict sil’ence her! Shortly after the news broke of her loss in Johnny Depp’s defamation case, Amber took to social media with a statement. The actor’s ex-wife spoke about what the ve’rdict means for herself and other women. She expressed feeling hea’rtbrok’en and sad while also believing she lost her American right to freedom of speech.

“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words,” Amber wrote. I’m he’artb’roken that the mountain of evi’dence still was not enough to stand up to the di’sapprop’riate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband.”

Actress Amber Heard departs the Fairfax County Courthouse on June 1, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. The jury in the Depp vs. Heard case awarded actor Johnny Depp $15 million in his defa’mation case again’st Heard. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Jury Finds Amber & Johnny Guilty, Awards Johnny More Than $10 Million
On Wednesday, a jury found both Amber and Johnny gui’lty of defamation. However, the jury awarded Johnny $15 million total–$10 million in compensatory damages and another $5 million in punitive damages. As for Amber, the jury awarded her $2 in compensatory damages. Per CNN, the judge reduced the punitive damages award to just $350,000–the maximum amount someone can receive for punitive damages in Vi’rginia.

The case stems from a defamation la’ws’uit Johnny put in motion after a 2018 op-ed piece in The Washington Post where Amber referred to herself as a “public figure representing domestic ab’use.” Amber’s article didn’t mention Johnny, but no’netheless, her words pushed him to file a $50 million defamation suit, per NBC News. Johnny’s lawyers argued the article indirectly referred to al’legations Amber made during their divorce in 2016. His ex-wife countersued for $100 million.

The guil’ty verdi’cts came following more than 100 hours of testimony and about 13 hours of deliberation. Many of the trial’s moments made their rounds on social media, including recordings of their marital fights and their reactions on the stand and in court. Johnny was not present in court during the ve’rdict reading. However, Amber was present but reportedly kept her head down as the jury read the loss.

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