In the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial verdict, the jury ruled mostly in favour of Johnny Depp, and Amber Heard now stands to pay $15 million in damages to her ex-husband. After a bitterly fought trial that went on for six-weeks and received record breaking viewership on YouTube, the trial concluded earlier on Wednesday with the Jury finding both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard guilty.

The jury found that Amber Heard’s Washington Post op-ed piece was defamatory to Depp. Meanwhile, Heard also won one count of her countersuit where she claimed that she was defamed by Depp’s press agent who called her allegations regarding sexual and physical abuse “an abuse hoax”. She had filed a countersuit of $100 million against Depp and was awarded $2 million.

Following the verdict, both Depp and Heard issued statements which remained largely similar to their position during the trial. Johnny Depp stated, “the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled”. He signed his statement with “Veritas numquamperit”, meaning ‘truth never perishes’.

Meanwhile, Heard maintained her position as a victim, and stated – “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”.

The Facts of the Matter

After weeks of arguments, testimonies, cross examinations, and days of deliberation, the jury is finally out in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial verdict. On Wednesday, the jury found both Amber Heard and Johnny Depp guilt – with the latter to receive more in damages.

The jurors ruled in Depp’s favor in his defamation claim on all counts and awarded Johnny Depp $15 million. Meanwhile, Heard, who had countersued Johnny Depp for sexually and physically abusing her and demanded $100 million, won on one count of her countersuit. She not stands to receive $2 million from Depp.

It should be noted that the judge reduced the amount Depp stands to receive to $10.35 million, due to the limit of punitive damages under the state law.


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What was the Case About?

The case was centered around an op-ed piece Amber Heard authored for The Washington Post where she described herself to be a victim of domestic abuse. It should be noted that Heard never mentioned Depp’s name in the op-ed.

Earlier last month, Depp filed a $50 million defamation suit against Heard, and claimed that the op-ed proved detrimental to his career. Further, Depp’s attorneys argued that the article is referring to Depp, given that it was published right around their divorce proceedings.


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What Happened During the Trial?

In the trial, Heard categorically maintained that Depp was physically and sexually abusive to her. However, she was not able to provide any evidences, such as medical-reports, eyewitness accounts and more, to back her claims up.

Meanwhile, Depp maintained that he was not physically or sexually abusive. He however agreed and accepted that he had a drug problem and rage issues. The same was proven true with pictures, audio-recordings and other witness testimonies.


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Amber Heard Cracked During Cross-Ex

Perhaps the most shocking moment of the entire trial emerged when Amber Heard cracked while being cross-examined in the last week of trial. “I know how many people will come out and say whatever for him. That’s his power. That’s why I wrote the op-ed. I was speaking to that phenomenon, (about) how many people will come out in support of him and will fall to his power. He is a very powerful man and people love currying favor with powerful men”, she said.

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