An elated Johnny Depp said on Wednesday that a U.S. jury overwhelmingly sided with ex-wife Amber Heard in his bitter libel battle over mutual charges of domestic abuse, ‘give me a new life’ .
Jury found Depp and Heard defamed each other after six weeks of trial Pirates of the Caribbean Star.
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Depp, 58, who lost a defamation case in London’s Sun tabloid in 2020 for calling him a “wife beater” celebrated the divisive verdict in the case as a victory, while Heard said she was “heartbroken” . “
After three days of deliberations, a five-man and two-woman jury unanimously found Heard responsible for all three counts of Depp’s defamation and awarded him $10 million (R155 million) in damages and $5 million ( 77.5 million rand). Punitive damages.
Virginia law caps punitive damages at $350,000 (R5.4 million), which translates to a total award of $10.35 million (R160.6 million)
Hurd, 36, won only one of her three counterclaims against Depp, and the jury awarded her damages – but a much lower $2 million (R31 million)
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A somber Heard, her eyes down, listened indifferently as the verdict was read in Fairfax County Circuit Court near the U.S. capital.
“The disappointment I feel today is indescribable,” she said in a statement.
“I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence is still insufficient to resist the disproportionate power, influence and influence of my ex-husband.
“I’m even more disappointed by what this sentence means for other women,” she said. “It’s a setback. It throws time backwards to a time when women who speak up and speak out could be publicly shamed and humiliated.
“It overturns the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.”
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Depp, who has been in the UK for the past few days, has not appeared in court as the high-profile trial hinges on lurid allegations and counterclaims of domestic abuse among Hollywood celebrities.
But he welcomed the verdict in a statement posted on Instagram, which quickly garnered millions of “likes.”
“Six years ago, my life, the lives of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and the lives of the people who supported and believed in me over the years, were forever changed,” Depp said.
“The jury gave me a new lease of life,” he said.
“From the very beginning, the purpose of bringing this case up was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome.
“The best is yet to come, and a new chapter has finally begun.”
Dozens of onlookers and Depp supporters awaited sentencing outside the sweltering courtroom, including a man wearing a Captain Jack Sparrow pirate hat.
A Depp fan held a sign that read:
“No matter what happens today, Johnny, you are a winner!!! The whole world knows the truth!!!”
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Depp is suing Hurd over an article she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018, in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
Born in Hurd, Texas, Neptunedid not mention Depp in the article, but he sued her for suggesting he was a domestic abuser and is seeking $50 million (R776 million) in damages.
Hurd countersued for $100 million (1.5 billion rand), saying she was defamed by comments made by Depp’s lawyer Adam Waldman, who told the Daily Mail her abuse allegations were a “hoax”.
Both would need to prove that the statements were defamatory, and to win compensatory or punitive damages, a jury would need to find that the statements were made with genuine malice — knowing they were false or “reckless disregard” for the truth.
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Dozens of witnesses testified during the trial, including bodyguards, Hollywood executives, agents, entertainment industry experts, doctors, friends and relatives.
Depp and Hurd each spent several days on the witness stand during the televised trial, which was attended by hundreds of fans. pirate Star and accompany the #JusticeForJohnnyDepp campaign on social media.
The jury played video and audio recordings of the couple’s heated, blasphemous altercation and also showed pictures of Hurd allegedly injured in their volatile relationship.
Hours of testimony dedicated to horrific finger injury Depp suffered while filming a film pirate March 2015 in Australia.
Three-time Oscar nominee Depp claims the tip of his finger was cut off when Heard threw a vodka bottle at him. I heard she didn’t know how the injury happened.
Both agreed that Depp continued to scribble messages on walls, lampshades and mirrors with the bloody number.
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Heard said Depp would become a “monster” of physical and sexual abuse when he was drunk and drugged, and resisted her repeated efforts to curb his drinking and drug use.
Depp testified that it was Hurd who was often violent and said it was “cruel” to hear “weird” domestic abuse allegations.
Hurd, who was married to Depp from 2015 to 2017, obtained a restraining order against him in May 2016 for domestic violence.
Both parties claim the abuse allegations and the surrounding publicity have damaged their Hollywood careers.
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