Depp verdict: Actor wins libel case as Heard grants counterclaim
Johnny Depp emerged victorious in his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard after three days of jury deliberations, which also earned Heard a partial victory in his countersuit.
Depp sued Heard for $50 million for suggesting he abused her in 2018Washington Post editorial. Although she did not name him, he says her allegations have impacted his ability to work. She sued for a $100 million counterclaim.
The jury found that Heard defamed Depp on all three counts and awarded him $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages (capped at $350,000). Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages, but no punitive damages.
On Wednesday, the “humbled” actor thanked the jury for giving him his life back and said a new chapter was now beginning for him after six years. Currently playing gigs on a UK tour with Jeff Beck, the actor told fans he was “still in shock”.
In a statement, Heard expressed her “disappointment beyond words” and said she was heartbroken, saying the verdict was a “setback” for women; She has decided to appeal the verdict and is “unable to pay” the damages.
Lawyer heard ‘tremendous amount of evidence was suppressed’ during trial
A lawyer representing Amber Heard in her defamation lawsuit against Johnny Depp has spoken out after the verdict to say that “an enormous amount of evidence was suppressed” during the weeks-long trial.
Lawyer Elaine Bredehoft appeared on Today’s show Thursday morning, hours after a jury determined Ms Heard defamed Mr Depp on all three counts in his lawsuit against her over a 2018 op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post to be a victim of domestic violence.
The jury also ruled in favor of one of Ms Heard’s three countersuit demands, determining that Mr Depp’s attorney had called her abuse allegations against her estranged husband a hoax.
Olivier O’ConnellJune 4, 2022 11:00 p.m.
How much do Depp and Amber Heard owe each other?
Johnny Depp has won his $50m (£40m) defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard on domestic abuse charges.
A seven-person civil jury in Virginia found that Ms Heard defamed the Pirates of the Caribbean and fantastic beasts star when she implied he abused her in a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post.
The jury also upheld one of Ms Heard’s three claims in a $100million countersuit against Mr Depp and his lawyer, who called her initial 2016 allegations an ‘ambush’ and ‘hoax’. .
Neither side got the full amount they wanted.
Olivier O’ConnellJune 4, 2022 9:30 p.m.
The Washington Post adds an editor’s note to Amber Heard’s op-ed in 2018
Following the verdict in the dueling defamation lawsuits brought by Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, the editorial at the center of her complaint against her has been changed.
Olivier O’ConnellJune 4, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Will Johnny Depp return to the Pirates franchise after winning his libel suit?
At the end of 2019, it was announced that Disney would move forward with the development of a script for a Pirates of the Caribbean to restart.
At the time, it was not formally announced whether Johnny Depp would be attached to the new project.
Here’s what we know about the franchise’s future:
Olivier O’ConnellJune 4, 2022 5:30 p.m.
What are Amber Heard’s options for appealing Johnny Depp’s verdict
Ms Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, said her client would appeal the verdict, which largely favored Mr Depp. The IndependentClémence Michallon talks to three lawyers about potential leads for Ms. Heard.
Olivier O’ConnellJune 4, 2022 4:08 p.m.
Each counts the Depp-Heard jurors considered
As a public figure, Johnny Depp faced a high bar to win his libel case against his ex-wife Amber Heard. According to seven unanimous jurors, he cleared him.
Depp’s victory was not absolute, however. The jurors also found that part of Heard’s counterclaim was valid.
Here is an overview of each number of jurors taken into account:
Olivier O’ConnellJune 4, 2022 3:00 p.m.
Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard’s Unlikely Cult Celebrities
Fans of the estranged couple have exhaustively documented every move and mannerism of plaintiff and defendant in court, their lawyers’ arguments, the judge’s interventions and a slew of colorful testimonials on TikTok, Instagram and Twitter, cutting out what would have could have amounted to dry court proceedings. in a spectator sport.
All of this has raised disapproving eyebrows in some quarters, with concerns expressed that the real issue at the heart of the case, domestic abuse, has been lost in what has become a tacky viral soap opera.
While those reviews are more than valid, there’s no doubt that the trial provided an extraordinary spectacle and an unforgettable cast of supporting characters who found themselves unlikely cult celebrities.
Olivier O’ConnellJune 4, 2022 2:00 p.m.
Depp hired a lawyer as a consultant for her lawsuit after seeing her in Making a Murderer
Lawyer says Johnny Depp hired her as legal consultant for his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard after seeing her on the show make a murderer.
Ms Zellner said Mr Depp called her and left a voicemail in her office in late December. She said Mr. Depp told her he saw her in make a murderer saying she “would be the last person anyone would hire if they were guilty, because you would find out”.
“I was struck that this was what motivated him to contact me,” Ms Zellner added.
Clemence Michallon reports:
Olivier O’ConnellJune 4, 2022 12:00
Jeff Beck and Depp are releasing an album
Johnny Depp will release a new album with Jeff Beck next month.
The actor made his final appearance alongside Beck at the Sage Concert Hall in Gateshead on Thursday evening (June 2).
During their performance, by the bbcBeck announced Depp’s next career move.
Olivier O’ConnellJune 4, 2022 10:00 a.m.
Depp jokes about cut finger with child
Johnny Depp joked about his severed finger with crowds outside his concert on Thursday night (June 2).
In photos from the evening, Depp can be seen surrounded by fans outside the venue.
Olivier O’ConnellJune 4, 2022 8:00 a.m.