Actress Amber Heard has defamed her ex-husband Johnny Depp as a victim of domestic violence, a U.S. court jury concluded on Wednesday, June 1, following a high-profile trial that offered a dive. in the privacy of the two Hollywood stars.
After 13 hours of deliberation, the jury ruled in favor of Johnny Depp. The jury decided to find Amber Heard guilty of defamation “with intent” and malice against Johnny Depp. The plaintiff will receive financial compensation of $ 15 million. However, the seven jurors also ruled that Johnny Depp had defamed Amber Heard, awarding her $ 2 million financial compensation.
The two actors were quick to publish their first reactions to the verdict.
Two rooms, two atmospheres
The 36-year-old actress, who appeared in court, accepted the verdict with a serious face, appearing to be guilty. She expressed her “inexpressible disappointment” in a statement. “I am devastated that the mountain of evidence has not been enough to deal with the much greater power, influence and ascendancy of my ex-husband,” she said. “I am even more disappointed with what this verdict means to other women. It is a setback. This calls into question the idea that violence against women must be taken seriously.“
Absent from the courtroom, Johnny Depp reacted to him in the form of a message posted on Instagram. “The jury brought me back to lifeHe added: “Six years ago, my life, the lives of my children and those around me changed forever. False, very serious and criminal accusations have been made against me in the media, while no official accusations have ever been made against me. “
“From the beginning, my goal was to get the truth out. Telling the truth was something I had promised my children and people who still believed in me. Now that the truth is here, I am finally at peace. “, continued the actor.
The origins of the trial
As a reminder, a forum published in 2018, where Amber Heard mentions domestic violence without mentioning the name of Johnny Depp. The 58-year-old actor, who has always denied violence against his ex-wife, felt targeted and immediately filed a defamation suit, claiming in the process the coquettish sum of $ 50 million in damages.
In return, Amber Heard also filed a lawsuit for the same reasons, claiming $ 100 million. The damages received by both are therefore far from these amounts.