In the US, the weeks-long defamation lawsuit between actor Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard, both Hollywood movie stars, has resulted in Depp's favour. Depp won $15 million in compensation from his ex-wife. Depp will also pay Heard $2 million in compensation.
In the case heard in Virginia Fairfax County Court, the 7-person jury found Depp right. It was decided that Heard should pay $ 2016 million in compensation to Depp, who broke up in 15.
The jury hearing the case of Depp and Heard, which has occupied the country's agenda for about 6 weeks, ruled that the actress defamed her ex-wife Depp in a 2018 Washington Post article, describing her as "a public figure representing domestic abuse". Under the decision, Johnny Depp will also pay 2 million dollars compensation to Amber Heard.
During the court process, which was followed closely by the US media, Heard claimed that Depp sexually assaulted him repeatedly. In response, Depp maintained that he had never hit Heard, that the allegations of harassment were fabricated, and that Heard had in fact repeatedly physically assaulted him.
His fans, who overwhelmingly supported Depp throughout the court, lined up all night to find a place in the hall where the verdict was held, and booed Heard while applauding Depp in the street after the verdict.
“The JURY GAVE ME BACK MY LIFE”
Depp, who learned the decision in England, sözcü“The jury gave me my life back. I am really happy,” he said. Deep added, quoting the Latin, “Veritas numquam perit” (Truth never disappears).
Amber Heard said: “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I regret that the mountain of evidence is still not enough to counter the disproportionate power and influence of my ex-husband. I am also disappointed about what this decision means for other women.”
Deep sued his ex-spouse after Heard claimed that he was abused during their relationship in 2018. Depp claimed that his ex-wife, Heard, had slandered him in a column for the Washington Post, in which he described himself as a victim of domestic abuse, and demanded a payment of $50 million. Heard, on the other hand, filed a $100 million lawsuit alleging that his ex-wife Deep had started a "smear campaign" against him.
Depp's lawyer, Camille Vasquez, said in a statement in court, "There is a victim of domestic abuse in this courtroom, but he is not Heard", and said Depp was subjected to "constant verbal, physical and emotional abuse" by Heard. Vasquez also stated that Heard "lied" to too many people throughout the trial.