The Verdict Is In: Johnny Depp Wins Defamation Lawsuit Against Ex-Wife Amber Heard

New York Post


Johnny Depp won all three counts of his bombshell defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard on Wednesday after a Virginia jury substantiated the claim that his ex-wife sullied his reputation and damaged his career when she wrote about becoming a “public figure representing domestic abuse” following the couple’s split.

After some 13 hours of deliberations, the panel of seven in Fairfax awarded the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.


However, because Virginia law caps punitive damages at $350,000, the actor was actually awarded a total $10.35 million.

As the verdict was read, Heard looked somber and looked down, wearing a black dress and a gold necklace.

“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,” she said in a statement after the verdict.

Depp, 58, had sued Heard for $50 million over her 2018 Washington Post essay in which she wrote about facing “our culture’s wrath” for speaking out against a powerful man — a warning that seemingly became more prescient with the jury’s decision.


Attorneys Camille Vasquez (right) and Ben Chew (left), who represented Depp, speak outside the courthouse following the verdict.


Actor Amber Heard hugs her lawyer Benjamin Rottenborn after the jury ruled a split verdict.
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In her statement, Heard called the verdict a “setback” for other women, saying: “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.”

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