The VERDICT is in!!
The jury just found unanimously in favor of Johnny Depp, that Amber Heard calling him a sexual abuser was defamation. The jury further found Heard’s accusations in the Washington Post was malicious. The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
After less than three days of deliberation, the seven-person panel has just issued a verdict to the packed courtroom that the Aquaman star did defame with actual malice the former Pirates of the Caribbean actor in a late 2018 Washington Post op-ed Heard penned about becoming the “public face of domestic abuse.”
Depp was seeking $50 million in damages, but the jury has awarded him $15 million. However, the second count of Heard’s $100 countersuit were found in the actress’ favor and the jury awarded her $2 million in damages..
Having been in the UK touring with pal Jeff Beck up until last night, Hollywood Vampires guitarist Depp was not in the courtroom Wednesday when the verdict was read out. Representatives for the actor said earlier today he would be watching from Britain when the verdict in the civil case was read out. Alongside her lawyers, Heard was in the Fairfax County Courthouse before the jurors and Judge Penny Azcarte..