On Wednesday, a jury awarded Johnny Depp $15 million in damages in his defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
In his defamation claim, Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Heard was also given $2 million in compensatory damages by the jury.
On Friday, a jury in Fairfax, Virginia, began deliberations.
After writing an op-ed for The Washington Post in 2018, Depp sued Heard for $50 million, claiming she was a “public figure symbolizing domestic abuse.” Depp was countersued for $100 million by Heard.
Amber Heard reacts to verdict: ‘I’m heartbroken’
Heard released a statement Wednesday afternoon reacting to the jury siding with her ex-husband Johnny Depp:
“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband.
I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously.
I believe Johnny’s attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK.
I’m sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American — to speak freely and openly.”
Jurors award $2 million to Amber Heard
Heard was also given $2 million in compensatory damages by the seven-person jury, but no punitive damages.
Jury awards $15 million to Johnny Depp
In his defamation action against Heard, a jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive penalties.
Depp wins defamation suit against ex-wife Heard
On Wednesday afternoon, a jury in Northern Virginia found in favor of Johnny Depp, ruling that his former wife Amber Heard defamed him by falsely accusing him of domestic abuse.
Depp is suing for $50 million in damages after Heard claimed she had become a “public figure representing domestic abuse” in a 2018 opinion-editorial column in The Washington Post.