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Johnny Depp trial: Amber Heard found guilty of defamation

Johnny Depp trial: Amber Heard found guilty of defamation
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SFor six weeks, Johnny Depp (58) is in the courtroom every day, mostly with tinted glasses and thick rings on his hands. Sometimes he grins, but he often looks down while his explosive relationship with actress Amber Heard (36) is publicly rolled out. But on Wednesday, when the seven jurors awarded him a victory over the ex-wife, the Pirates of the Caribbean star was absent from court. Only his legal team is represented. After the end of the trial, Depp traveled to England for concert appearances.

Dressed in black, Heard listens with his eyes downcast as the verdict is read. The jury did not believe her allegations of abuse. She has to pay Depp more than $10 million in damages for defamation. Cold consolation: Depp owes her $2 million after the jury’s decision for statements by his ex-lawyer that would have damaged Heard’s reputation.

Depp emerges as a big winner from the defamation trial, but he’s also a loser in a staged mud fight, full of hostilities, live-streamed from court cameras around the world. Neither of the two will completely shake off the described scenes of a marriage. A severed fingertip, messages written in blood, faeces on the bedspread – these are some of the many details now immortalized in court transcripts.

High claims for damages

The verdict of the jury, five men and two women, came after three days of deliberations. At the core of Depp’s civil lawsuit was a 2018 op-ed by the Washington Post in which Heard described himself as a victim of domestic violence. She didn’t name Depp, but the Pirates of the Caribbean star felt she was a victim of false testimony and is suing for $50 million in defamation damages. Heard countersued with a $100 million claim. She claimed that Depp’s ex-lawyer Adam Waldman had damaged her reputation with a smear campaign.

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