Jury rules Amber Heard defamed Johnny Depp

Editorial Staff

Jun 2, 2022

A Virginia jury on Wednesday ruled that actor Amber Heard defamed ex-husband Johnny Depp in a widely watched six-week trial that featured explicit and graphic evidence and testimony detailing the former Hollywood couple’s soured relationship. The jury also ruled in favor of Heard in some aspects of her counter-suit against Depp.

The jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages from Heard (of which 5 for punitive damages). However, the judge reduced the punitive damages in Depp’s favor to USD 350000, in accordance with the applicable law in the state of Virginia, so the total amount Heard will have to pay is 10350000. The panel awarded Heard $2 million in damages.

Depp, the 58-year-old “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, sued Heard for $50 million and argued that she defamed him when she called herself “a public figure representing domestic abuse” in a newspaper opinion piece.

Heard, 36, countersued for $100 million, saying Depp smeared her when his lawyer called her accusations a “hoax.”

Depp has denied hitting Heard or any woman and said she was the one who turned violent in their relationship.

Actor Johnny Depp (R) and his wife Amber Heard (L) attend the red carpet event for the movie “Black Mass” at the 72nd Venice Film Festival in northern Italy September 4, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini