The seven jurors have deliberated nearly 1 p.m. since Friday to agree on a unanimous decision which was to be made at 3 p.m. local time in the Fairfax court, near Washington, but which was ultimately delayed by poorly completed documents.
Around 3:20 p.m., the five men and two women officially declared Amber Heard guilty of defamation of Johnny Depp and ordered him to pay $ 15 million in damages to the latter. Johnny Depp was also found guilty of having defamed Amber Heard, concluded by the American jury which awarded two million dollars to the actress.
The disappointment I feel today is beyond words,” she said shortly. after the verdict was read in a Virginia court.
“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.” she said.
Actor Johnny Depp told him that the jury had “brought him back to life” by concluding that his ex-wife Amber Heard had defamed him in the press after a highly publicized trial. “Six years later, the jury gave me my life back,” the 58-year-old star said in an Instagram post.
$50 million claimed
The star of the Pirates of the Caribbean saga sued his ex-wife for a column published by the Washington Post in 2018, in which she said she was “a public figure representing domestic violence”.
Although he is not named, Johnny believed that this platform had destroyed his career and his reputation, and claimed 50 million dollars in damages. Amber Heard, who appeared in Justice League and Aquaman in particular , had counterattacked and asked for the double.
The 36-year-old actress claimed to have been defamed by a former lawyer for her ex-husband, who had called her accusations of domestic violence “hoaxes” in April 2020.
Three passages from the platform of Amber Heard and three statements from Adam Waldman, the actor’s lawyer, were concerned. Jurors had to determine whether each passage was defamatory.
But to award damages, they had to judge whether the author of the statements had acted out of “genuine malice”, knowing them to be false or whether they were made in defiance of the truth, a legal subtlety concerning public figures in the United States of America.