Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard Trial: Depp was found to have been defamed by a jury.
Ms. Heard’s description of herself in an op-ed as a “public figure symbolising domestic abuse” was determined by the jury to be defamatory to Mr. Depp.
On Wednesday, a jury in Virginia found in favour of actor Johnny Depp in his trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, ruling that Ms. Heard had defamed Mr. Depp in a 2018 op-ed, giving the actor a victory in his long, tumultuous struggle over domestic violence charges.
The jury’s judgement came after a six-week trial that captivated the nation, with millions of people watching on television or streaming it online as the two prominent Hollywood actors traded accusations of physical abuse, often in graphic detail, in court. It was one of the most high-profile civil cases to go to trial during the #MeToo era.
Mr. Depp strongly rejected Ms. Heard’s claims that he repeatedly assaulted her, including punching, headbutting, and hair dragging, as well as many instances of sexual assault.
Jonny Depp releases Statment
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 ay 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.