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Johnny Depp wins defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard


VIRGINIA, USA —  A Virginia jury primarily ruled in favor of Johnny Depp in the highly-televised case of the actor and his ex-wife Amber Heard.

On Wednesday, the case that lasted 6-weeks with the international community hooked, Johnny Depp’s defamation case against Aquaman actress Amber Heard ended with the jury ruling primarily in favor of the Pirates of the Caribbean actor.

Depp was awarded a total of $15 million ($10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages). Meanwhile, Heard was awarded $2 million for her counter-suit in compensatory damages.

Depp sued Heard for $50 million after she wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in 2018 in which she called herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Heard countersued Depp for $100 million when his lawyer called her accusations a “hoax.”

The proceeding showed testimonies and evidence of the couple’s fights, including a graphic photo of Depp’s bloody finger, which was severed when his ex-wife threw a vodka bottle at him back in 2015.

Heard denied the statement and claimed that Depp sexually abused her with the bottle, and she was only trying to defend herself. 

The actress’ allegations against Depp caused lost opportunities for the actors, including a delay on a new Pirates of the Caribbean film and being replaced in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, a spin-off of the Harry Potter series.

After the final verdict, both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard posted on their social media accounts about their reaction to the ruling.

“Truth never perishes,” said Depp.

Meanwhile, Heard expressed her disappoinment to the ruling, saying how she is disappointed “with what the verdict means to other women.”

Less than two years ago, Depp lost a libel case against a British tabloid, The Sun, which labelled him as a “wife-beater.” A London High Court judge ruled that Depp repeatedly assaulted Heard. – WhatALife!

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Also read: Amber Heard’s Lawyer wraps up cross-examination in defamation trial with Johnny Depp

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