Piers Morgan took part in the trial of Johnny Depp, describing the verdict as a “slam dunk victory” for the star and “destruction” for Amber Heard.
Piers Morgan called the libel case against Johnny Depp and Amber Heard a “complete disaster” for the actress.
The 58-year-old star sued his ex-wife for $70 million, alleging she slandered him in 2018. Washington Post an article in which she described herself as a victim of domestic violence.
Depp’s name was not mentioned in the essay, but he said it explicitly mentioned his name, which ruined his career, damaged his reputation, and cost him tens of millions of dollars.
Aquaman The actress was ordered to pay Depp US$15 million (AU$21 million) in libel damages and US$5 million (AU$7 million) in punitive damages.
However, Virginia law allows punitive damages of up to US$350,000 (AU$490,000), meaning Depp was awarded a total of US$10.35 million (AU$14.4 million).
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During the broadcast on Thursday Piers Morgan uncensoredavailable for streaming Flashthe Sky News anchor described the verdict as a “slam dunk win” for Pirates of the Caribbean star and “destruction” for Heard.
The broadcaster said it was a “complete excuse” Edward Scissorhands star.
“It means the jury believed him and they thought Amber Heard was lying and they also thought that Johnny Depp was the real victim here, not her,” Morgan said.
“It is difficult to imagine a greater humiliation for Amber Heard. It’s a complete disaster and failure.”
Sharon Osbourne appeared on the program and gave her opinion on the verdict.
“Wow, this was not what I expected. I mean, I wanted Johnny to win, but I didn’t expect him to.”
A TV presenter who knew Depp described him as a “gentle soul” and “a good person.”
Former Talk The host said the couple’s relationship was “toxic” and Heard wanted to “destroy” Depp.
“As for me, I’m so deeply involved with it and I know drinking behavior inside and out… but they were both abusive, both very, very abusive to each other,” she said.
“She could leave at any moment. She was not a small wall flower, she was a driving force in the city.
“The world really wanted him to win, and he won, that’s all.”
After the verdict, Depp released a statement to Instagram thanked the fans for their support and said that “the jury gave him back his life.”
While Heard shared a statement about social media she was “heartbroken” by the ruling.
“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. This 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 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.”