The seven-person jury has reached a verdict on the Johnny Depp defamation trial.
On Wednesday, June 1, although not in the courtroom, Depp was awarded $15 million in damages, including $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. The jury also granted Heard $2 million in compensatory damages.
Depp initially sued Heard for $50 million after a 2018 op-ed published in The Washington Post, which tarnished his name as a domestic abuser.
In Fairfax, Virginia, the jury began deliberations on Friday and made their decision within just 13 hours of discussion.
Depp released a statement after the verdict.
“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. And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled.”
Heard also released a statement.
“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. 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.”