We have a major news update for those following this legal saga concerning the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard Trial Verdict. A jury in the courthouse in Virginia reached a verdict handing the Pirates of the Caribbean actor a major victory after a long legal battle over defamation over domestic abuse.
This six-week trial had the nation glued to their television sets, the memes, the TikTok, and the entire hype concerning one of the biggest civil trials of the Me Too era. On one side of the aisle, Mr. Depp was denying he ever abused Amber. On the other side, Ms. Heard played the victim.
Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard Trial Verdict
Across the board, Depp’s defense counsel presented a case that accused Amber Heard of defaming him in a newspaper op-ed in which the Aquaman actress referred to herself as a victim of domestic abuse. Conversely, Heard’s defense claims that the article was true, that she’s the victim, and that it was Johnny who made defamatory comments against her in a British tabloid. On this last point, the jury agreed with Heard, but that’s just a minor victory.
The major win goes for the Edward Scissorhands actor. He denied physical abuse allegations against his ex-wife or any other woman for that matter. Furthermore, the trial, completely available on YouTube, was full of dramatic moments. Including the allegations of Amber Heard claiming that Johnny Depp had sexually assaulted her.
Camille Vazquez, Depp’s Star Counsel
Camille Vasquez, one of Mr. Depp’s lawyers, attempted to disprove Ms. Heard’s account of abuse during cross-examination by displaying text messages, love notes, and audio of the couple’s conflicts that Ms. Vasquez claimed demonstrated Ms. Heard was an untrustworthy witness. Ms. Vasquez asked why Ms. Heard didn’t have medical documents to back up significant cases of alleged abuse, and she displayed images of Ms. Heard taken around the time she claimed she was struck that showed no visible bruises or swelling.
An Op-Ed Ruined A Career
In the defamation case, Mr. Depp’s lawyers said that Ms. Heard’s op-ed, in which she referred to herself as a “public figure symbolizing domestic abuse,” had harmed his reputation and career. Mr. Depp’s lawyers contended that his habit of poor behavior and publicity had already harmed his career prior to the op-ed. During the trial, both sides called witnesses to support their allegations.
Mr. Depp’s talent manager, Jack Whigham, claimed that after the op-ed was published, his client lost a $22.5 million commitment to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in a sixth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film. Mr. Whigham testified that the arrangement was informal and not technically put down into a contract, but that in early 2019, it became evident to him that Disney was “moving on a different path.”
How Much Will Johnny Depp Get From The Trial?
The actor was awarded a total of US$ 15 million in compensatory and punitive damages in this defamation suit. Moreover, the jurors also found that Depp had been defamatory towards Heard and granted her US$ 2 million after deliberations that began last Friday. The actor from Platoon had put Amber Heard in court for a total of US$ 50 million for the Washington Post op-ed that the American Civil Liberties Union wrote for her representing her as a victim of domestic abuse.
After prevailing in his three counts of defamation against his ex-wife, Depp, 58, expressed in a statement his happiness and feelings about recovering his life. Conversely, Heard expressed in a statement feelings of deep disappointment and just that verdict was a defeat not for her but for all women.
Whatever happens now it’s up for grabs. Can Mr. Depp recover his acting career after the final nail of the coffin? We’ll have to see. But for now, that’s all the time we have in Otakukart for this topic. Thanks for your attention. And please check out our main page to see what else is going on in the world of entertainment. See you soon!