Johnny Depp Awa’rded $15 Million In Dam’ages In Amber Heard Defam’ation Case

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard

The ver’dict is in! After weeks of ba’ttling it out in court, a jury found both Amber Heard and Johnny Depp gui’lty of defamation.

Depp was seeking $50 million when he slap’ped Heard with a defamation la’wsuit over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Wash’ington Post. In the piece, Heard referred to herself as a “public figure representing dom’estic ab’use,” following her split from the star-stud’ded actor.

Johnny and his leg’al team ar’gued that while he was not named in Amber’s op-ed piece, he al’legedly lost lucrative business deals and acting roles, including a long standing deal with Disney. Heard countersued Depp for $100 million, standing by her ab’use alleg’ations.

After hearing over 100 hours of testimony in the case, jurors awarded Johnny Depp $15 million in damages–$10 million in com’pensatory damages and $5 million on pu’nitive damages. The judge ultim’ately reduced Depp’s awarded puni’tive damages to $350,000 in accordance with the damage

cap in the state of Virg’inia. Amber Heard was also awarded $2 million in compen’satory damages.

Recordings of Johnny and Amber’s explosive fights were presented in cou’rt as evid’ence, and while both parties were seemingly responsible in the verbal alt’ercations, Amber explicitly admitted to assa’ulting Johnny dur’ing one of their exch’anges.

Both Amber and Johnny released statements following the verd’ict. As sus’pected, Amber expressed that she is “disap’pointed in the verd’ict” and stands by the allegat’ions that she was a vic’tim of ab’use. Depp expressed his satisfaction with the verd’ict and said he is “at peace.”


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