IS verdict arrived in the lawsuit between Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard for defamation. The jury ruled that she slandered him and owed him $ 10.35 million in compensation
Actor Johnny Depp won a libel suit against ex-wife Amber Heard and is entitled to $ 10.35 million in compensation (versus the $ 50 he had asked for). Two million instead that Depp owes the actress for the accusation of the lawyer Adam Waldman, who had called the accusations of the woman “a hoax.”
Amber Heard’s disappointment
“The disappointment I feel now cannot be explained in words,” said Amber Heard immediately after reading the verdict, “I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was not enough to counter the disproportionate power of my ex-husband“. And she concluded: “A return to the time when a woman who dared to speak out against domestic violence was publicly humiliated.”
Johnny Depp’s lawyers
Depp’s lawyers, Ben Chew and Camille Vasquez, they left the classroom greeted by the screams of the fans. “The verdict confirms what we have argued from the beginning: Heard’s allegations are false and defamatory, we are grateful to the jury for their cooperation,” said Vasquez, almost embarrassed by the general enthusiasm.
“We are honored to have assisted Mr. Depp and ensured that he was heard in this judgment,” Chew added. “After six years from the moment my life and that of my children changed forever, (…) the jury gave me my life back. I am truly honored », reads the long post published on Johnny Depp’s Instagram profile which has obtained over 5 million likes.
Johnny Depp and the surprise concert before the verdict
In awaiting the verdict in the trial against ex-wife Amber Heard, the actor had flown to the UK to perform on stage with the legendary 77-year-old British guitarist Jeff Beck. The two played some covers together, including their “Isolation” (2020), a remake of John Lennon’s 1970 song.
A decidedly unexpected appearance that of the “Pirate of the Caribbean” on the stage of the Sheffield City Hall, which fans were thrilled about. “We weren’t expecting it… We thought he was in court in Virginia and instead he’s in Sheffield with Jeff Beck»Wrote the followers on Instagram urging him to hold on and assert his story.
The process for defamation just concluded, he held court not only in the courtroom of Fairfax, near Washington, but also on the front pages of magazines, websites and social networks. There battle between former Hollywood golden couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard she had heated up, week after week, and deposition after deposition: the actor brought his ex-wife to trial for defamation after she had revealed in an interview that she had suffered domestic violence. Depp was asking now $ 50 million in compensation. But Heard was fighting back asking for double and insisting on the violence suffered during the years of marriage.
A few days ago she was called (by Heard) to testify the British supermodel, ed ex-girlfriend of the “pirate”, Kate Mosswho had, however, rejected the accusations to the sender and denied that her former partner had ever pushed her off a ladder during a vacation in Jamaica in the years of their relationship between 1993 and 1998. “We were leaving the room, it was raining and I slipped down the stairs. She rescued and helped me. Johnny never pushed or kicked me during our relationshipKate Moss said while answering questions from Johnny Depp’s lawyer.
Johnny Depp’s version
“There have certainly been quarrels, as is the case with all engaged or married couples, but I have never gotten to the point of hitting Miss Heard in any way.“. These were the words the actor had said Johnny Depp to the jury of the court of Fairfax, Virginia, insisting that he had waited a full six years to tell his version of events.
“I have never hit any woman in my life“, The Hollywood star added, stating that the allegations”atrocious and disturbing“Of physical abuse made against him by his ex-wife”they are not based on any kind of truth“. “I felt the responsibility to defend not only myself and my reputation but above all my children (had by Vanessa Paradis, Jack and Lily-Rose, ed) », concluded Depp.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard between abuse and violence
The American actor, director and musician had previously testified to the trial filed against Amber Heard, which had lasted for months, in which she asked for $ 50 million in damages for defamation: in an editorial on the Washington Postin fact, she had accused him of domestic abuse and physical violence. Although Johnny Depp has always denied the violence, in front of the jury he admitted that the relationship with Amber Heard was decidedly tumultuous. But he also mentioned the first meeting on the set of The Rum Diary in 2009: «Was too good to be true. She was caring, loving, intelligent, kind, funny, understanding. We had a lot in common. For a year and a half we lived a fairytale. Then things began to change, or rather, they began to reveal themselves for what they were“.
Amber Heard’s message on social media
During the long speech, Miss Heard, this is the way Johnny Depp has always addressed his ex-wife during the trial, she had never taken her eyes off him. As if to want to challenge him, the overseas magazines wrote. But the actress in the previous days had written on her Instagram profile of her: “I hope that when this case ends, I can move on and so will Johnny. I’ve always felt love for him. It causes me a great pain having to share the details of our life together in front of the whole world“.
The macabre details of marriage
Unfortunately, however, the details that have emerged with the evolution of the process now winding down are anything but pleasant. Alcohol, drugs, blood and violence were the order of the day in what looked like a fairytale wedding and turned out to be a nightmare wedding. This was also confirmed by the couple’s therapist, Laurel Avis Anderson, who described the tormented sessions in a video: “She had a jackhammer conversation style, she was always high. He was struggling to keep up with that rhythm. What I saw as it had started a situation of mutual abuse“.
Johnny Depp: end of career?
But if for Amber Heardafter the separation, professional and private life (in the meantime she became a mother) suffered an unexpected positive turn, for the “pirate” Johnny Depp the story has sanctioned the collapse of his career. No more Jack Sparrow o Fantastic Beasts, no more high-ranking friendships in Hollywood and no more contracts. The accusations brought against him and the photos of Heard on the cover with her face covered in bruises, put him Ko. “His accusations have somewhat permeated the film industry“, Continued Johnny Depp who, at the time of the scandal that overwhelmed him, was on the crest of the wave and one of the most requested actors,”It’s weird when one day you’re Cinderella, so to speak, and then in 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo“.
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