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Jury Side With Johnny Depp In Defamation Case Against Amber Heard

Johnny Depp Wins: The jury has sided with Johnny
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The jury has sided with Johnny Depp in the defamation trial against Amber Heard. 

The seven jurors have ruled that the Aquaman star defamed her ex-husband in the 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post.

In the written piece, she described herself as ‘a public figure representing domestic abuse’.

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The jury also found that Heard’s claims about her marriage were ‘false’ and had ‘a defamatory implication’ to people other than the Pirates of the Caribbean star.

It was also decided that the 36-year-old acted with ‘actual malice’.

In compensatory damages, the jury ruled that Depp will receive $10million, and $5m in punitive damages.

However, the jurors also found that Depp defamed his ex-wife through his attorney, Adam Waldman, which was only one of three counts.

In compensation for this, the mum-of-one was awarded $2m in compensatory damages and nothing in punitive damages.

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Following the verdict, Heard took to Instagram and released a statement.

She penned: “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.”

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