Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have issued emotional statements after jurors reach a verdict in their explosive trial.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have released statements following a high-profile defamation ruling in which the jury ruled in favor of Pirates of the Caribbean.
The defamation trial, which began on April 11, saw both sides make explosive allegations against each other as they testified to their turbulent relationship.
Depp sued Heard for US$50 million (AU$67 million) over a Washington Post article she wrote in 2018 that implied he was abusive towards her.
Although she did not name him, he claimed that her allegations were false and cost him lucrative film roles. Heard counterclaimed for $100 million (AU$134 million), alleging that she had been subjected to “unrestrained physical abuse and abuse” by her ex-husband.
On Wednesday, local time, a bench in Virginia ruled in Depp’s favor, saying Heard “acted with real malice” and awarded him US$10 million (AU$14 million) in damages for defamation and $5 million United States as a punitive measure.
However, the jury agreed with one aspect of Heard’s claim – that she was defamed by Depp’s lawyer when he called her abuse allegations a hoax – and awarded her US$2 million (AU$2.78 million) in damages and $0 in as penalties.
Amber Heard’s statement
Shortly after the verdict was announced, Heard released a statement claiming she had “a broken heart.”
“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,” she said.
“I am even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. This is a failure. It brings back 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 succeeded in making the jury overlook the key issue of free speech and ignore evidence that was so compelling that we won in the UK. I’m sorry I lost this case. But what makes me even sadder is that I seem to have lost the right I thought I had as an American to speak freely and openly.”
Johnny Depp’s statement
Depp also released a statement following his court win.
“Six years ago, my life changed forever, the lives of my children, the lives of the people closest to me, as well as the lives of people who supported and believed in me for many, many years. All in the blink of an eye,” he said.
“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.
“He has already circumnavigated the world twice in a nanosecond and has had a seismic impact on my life and my career.
“And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am really humble.
“My decision to proceed with this affair, knowing full well the height of the legal hurdles I would face and the inevitable worldwide spectacle of my life, was made only after much deliberation.
“From the very beginning, the purpose of this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. To tell the truth was something I owed to my children and to all those who remained steadfast in their support for me. I feel at peace knowing that I have finally achieved it.
“I was and have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, tremendous support and kindness from around the world. I hope that my pursuit of the truth will help others, men and women who find themselves in my situation, and that those who support them will never give up.
“I also hope that now the position will return to the innocent until proven guilty, both in the courts and in the media.
“I want to acknowledge the noble work of the judge, jury, court officers, and sheriffs who sacrificed their time to get to this point, as well as my diligent and unwavering legal team, who have done an exceptional job in helping me share the truth.
“The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun. Veritas numquam perit (Truth never dies).
While Heard was present, Depp, who filed a defamation suit against his ex-wife, was not in court when the decision was read.
He previously had a scheduled job in the UK, where he was spotted performing over the weekend with his band The Hollywood Vampires.