Amber Heard lost the widely publicized defamation lawsuit after her husband filed a $50 million lawsuit against her.
On June 1, the jury announced the verdict of the sensational case, largely in favor of Depp. He should receive $10 million in damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
However, the jurors also decided to pay Heard $2 million in damages. But why?
Here is everything you need to know.
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Jury rejects defamation of both Amber Heard and Johnny Depp
After a decision that took 12 hours and 45 minutes, the jury finally concluded on 1 June. They announced this in the Fairfax, Virginia courtroom.
A seven-member jury would determine whether the statements made by both Amber Heard’s and Johnny Depp’s former lawyers were defamatory.
Depp’s legal battle came to light after Heard wrote an article in a column in the Washington Post in 2018. Depp has described himself as a survivor of domestic violence that damaged the Pirates of the Caribbean star reputation and career.
Heard sued her estranged husband for $100 million in damages. The jury won a small sum after revealing that some, but not all, of the statements made against him were defamatory.
Why was Amber Heard given $2 million?
In their decision, the judges ruled that several comments made by Johnny Depp’s former attorney, Adam Waldman, were defamatory.
Waldman’s statements were published in the London Daily Mail.
According to a news report dated April 8, 2020, Waldman said, ‘Amber Heard and her friends in the media have used false allegations of sexual violence as both swords and shields, according to their needs. They chose some ‘facts’ of his sexual violence hoaxes as swords and inflicted them on the public and Mr. Depp.’
Waldman made a second comment on April 27, 2020. ‘Quite simply it was an ambush, a hoax. They trapped Mr. Depp by calling the police, but the first attempt did not work. Officers arrived at their lofts, searched thoroughly, interviewed, and left without any face or property damage. So Amber and her friends spilled some wine and made a mess, got their story on the orders of a lawyer and publisher, and then called 911 a second time.’
In a third comment, he claimed, ‘We have reached the beginning of the end of Mrs. Heard’s abusive deception against Johnny Depp’.
However, the jury declared Waldman’s second statement defamatory, and Heard was awarded $2 million for it.