BREAKING: Jury returns verdict in Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial

A Virginia jury on Wednesday found both actor Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard guilty of defaming one another. However, the seven-member jury overwhelmingly chose Depp, awarding the Pirates of the Caribbean star $15 million in damages while awarding his former spouse just $2 million in damages. Rolling Stone reported.

The jury’s decision officially ends the highly publicized trial that began when Depp filed a $50 million lawsuit against Heard, alleging she publicly defamed him by implying he abused her in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed .

In response, Heard filed a $100 million countersuit, alleging that Depp ruined her reputation by claiming she was a liar for making allegations of sexual violence against him.

Depp, who was reportedly spotted at a concert in the UK earlier this week, was not present in the courtroom for the sentencing.

He issued a statement following the decision, which read: “False, very serious and criminal allegations were leveled against me across the media, unleashing an endless barrage of hate content, despite the fact that charges have never been brought against me in the world twice within a nanosecond and it.” had a devastating impact on my life and career.”

“Six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I’m really humbled,” he added.

Heard issued a statement of his own, noting, “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words.”

“I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was still insufficient to withstand my ex-husband’s disproportionate power, influence and influence. I’m even more disappointed at what this verdict means for other women. It’s a setback. It turns the clock back to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke up could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It puts aside the notion that violence against women must be taken seriously. I believe Johnny’s lawyers managed to convince the jury to overlook the key issue of free speech and to ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in Britain. I am sad that I lost this case. But I’m even sadder that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American — to speak freely and frankly,” she said.

The trial, which quickly turned into a media firestorm, lasted about six weeks and involved dozens of witnesses – including model Kate Moss, actress Ellen Barkin, doctors, friends and family members. The hill reported.

There were several moments of explosive statements from Heard and Depp as the former couple traded barbs and shared intimate details about their rough marriage. BREAKING: Jury returns verdict in Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial

Laura Coffey

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