The most infamous legal battle of 2022, and probably the weirdest legal battle ever has finally come to a conclusion. In the case of Depp V Heard, the court ruled in Johnny Depp’s favor making the former Pirates Of The Caribbean star the victor.
Following three days of deliberation and long weeks upon weeks, the messy high profile case wrapped with Johnny Depp winning the defamation against Amber Heard.
Johnny Depp Can Finally Rest Now
The Virginia jury stood united ruling in Johnny Depp’s favor earlier yesterday afternoon, stating that Heard defamed him when she wrote her now-infamous Washington Post op-ed, which implied Depp to be her domestic abuser.
Johnny Depp was compensated $10 million in damages, with an additional $5 million in punitive damages – however since Virginia law states that punitive damages cannot exceed $350,000, that figure has been lowered.
Heard did win her countersuit, stating that Depp defamed her in his response to her initial claims, and was granted $2 million in compensatory damages. Overall, she owes Depp $8,350,000.
Johnny Depp, who was absent for the verdict, released a lengthy statement following the win, proclaiming, “Truth never perishes.”
You can find the full statement below:
Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported and believed in me were forever changed.
All in the blink of an eye.
False, very serious and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had already traveled around the world twice within a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career.
And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled.
My decision to pursue this case, knowing very well the height of the legal hurdles that I would be facing and the inevitable, worldwide spectacle into my life, was only made after considerable thought.
From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that.
I am, and have been, overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and the colossal support and kindness from around the world. I hope that my quest to have the truth be told will have helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those supporting them never give up. I also hope that the position will now return to innocent until proven guilty, both within the courts and in the media.
I wish to acknowledge the noble work of the Judge, the jurors, the court staff and the Sheriffs who have sacrificed their own time to get to this point, and to my diligent and unwavering legal team who did an extraordinary job in helping me to share the truth.
The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun.
Veritas numquam perit.
Truth never perishes.
After Heard’s humiliating defeat, she released a statement of her own. You’re welcome to read it below:
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.
I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. 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.
I believe Johnny’s attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK.
I’m sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly.
Amber Heard intends to appeal the verdict, but that’s unlikely to go her way. The verdict should be the end of the lengthy battle between the two actors.
It’s still early to tell what will become of their careers, but I believe that Johnny Depp’s career is more likely to recover, but as of now he has no upcoming productions other than Jeanne Du Barry where he’ll play King Louis XV.