Amber Heard to appeal Johnny Depp’s sentencing as she warns the ruling is a ‘setback’ for women victims of domestic violence

Amber Heard intends to appeal the verdict in a multi-million dollar libel case against Johnny Depp.

The Aquaman actress warned that the decision was a “setback” for female victims of domestic violence after losing her case.

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Amber Heard said the verdict was “heartbroken”.Credit: Reuters
Depp won the case against Hurd, suing her for $ 50 million.

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Depp won the case against Hurd, suing her for $ 50 million.Credit: Getty Images – Getty

The jury returned their verdict in Fairfax, Virginia yesterday after six weeks of evidence gathering and approximately 13 hours of deliberation.

Depp sued Heard for $50 million over a Washington Post op-ed she wrote with the headline: “I spoke out against sexual assault – and faced the wrath of our culture. This must change.”

The jury found in favor of Depp, who failed to appear in court for the verdict, and awarded him $10 million (£8 million) in damages and $5 million (£4 million) in punitive damages.

But the punitive damages in Virginia are capped at $350,000, meaning he will only receive $10.35 million (£8.30 million).

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Heard won one of her counterclaims against her ex-husband over comments by Depp’s lawyer published in the Daily Mail and received $2 million.

Shortly after the verdict was handed down, Hurd’s spokesman Alafair Hall confirmed The newspaper “New York Times she will appeal the decision.

In an emotional statement, Heard said she was “heartbroken” and called the decision a “failure”.

She said: “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence is still not enough to counter the disproportionate power, influence and influence of my ex-husband.”

“I am even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. This is a failure.

“It brings back the time when a woman who spoke and spoke could be publicly shamed and humiliated.

“It casts aside the notion that violence against women should be taken seriously.

“I believe that Johnny’s lawyers managed to get the jury to ignore the key issue of free speech and ignore the evidence that was so compelling that we won in the UK.

“I am sad that I lost this case. But it makes me even sadder that I seem to have lost the right I thought I had as an American to speak freely and openly.”

Heard fans tweeted that they did not believe the verdict.

One wrote: “My heart goes out to Amber. To hell with this sexist jury and to hell with this sexist country!”

Another said, “I support you and believe you Amber.

“You were so brave, strong and eloquent when you shared your experience.

“This was not justice. I send you love and strength.”

ABUSE CLAIMS

The Washington Post article did not name Depp, but his lawyers said it falsely implied that he physically and sexually abused Heard while they were together.

The actor denied what he called “outrageous, outlandish” allegations of abuse and said he “spoke out about what I reluctantly wore on my back for six years” during his own testimony during the trial.

Heard denied his allegations and countersued the Pirates of the Caribbean star for $100 million.

She burst into tears as she told how Depp allegedly raped her with a bottle.

Hurd said that during a heated argument, Depp grabbed her by the throat and broke the glass in their house in March 2015.

During closing speeches, both sides urged jurors to think about other victims of domestic violence.

Heard’s legal team emphasized that the verdict in Mr. Depp’s favor would be forwarded to others, while the actor’s representatives said her claims were “an act of extreme cruelty against real survivors.”

In the past few days, Depp has performed on stage with musician Jeff Beck in the UK.

During the announcement of the verdict in Virginia, he was noticed in Newcastle.

The trial became a battlefield to prove the truth about their relationship.

One of the witnesses called to testify was Kate Moss, who refuted claims that her ex Johnny Depp “pushed her down the stairs”.

The supermodel was a surprise witness called by Depp and denied the allegations made by Heard, who said during her testimony that she felt connected to Moss due to rumors that Depp pushed her down the stairs when they were dating back in the 1990s. .

After the verdict, Depp released a statement saying: “Six years ago, my life, the lives of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and the lives of people who have supported and believed in me for many, many years have changed forever.

“All in the blink of an eye.

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“False, very serious and criminal charges were made against me through the media, which caused an endless flurry of hate content, although no charges were ever brought against me. impact on my life and my career.

“And six years later, a jury gave me my life back. I’m really humiliated.”

Hurd calls sentencing a 'failure' for victims of violence against women

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Hurd calls sentencing a ‘failure’ for victims of violence against women1 credit
Depp has repeatedly denied Heard's accusations.

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Depp has repeatedly denied Heard’s accusations.1 credit

How can you get help

Women’s Aid offers the following advice to victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Reach out to charities for help, including the Women’s Aid Chat Helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Check out the silent solution by reporting violations without speaking on the phone, dialing “55” instead.
  • Keep some cash with you at all times, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect that your partner is about to attack you, try to move to a less dangerous part of the house, such as one with an exit and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage where there may be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you may be trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you may be locked in a closet or other small space.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, the SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – messageinfo@supportline.org .uk.

Women’s assistance provides live chat service – on weekdays from 8:00 to 18:00, on weekends from 10:00 to 18:00.

You can also call the free 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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