Johnny Depp Wins Defamation Case Against Amber Heard



Johnny Depp has won his libel lawsuit case over an op-ed in which his ex-wife, Amber Heard, wrote about domestic abuse, the jury has ruled, BBC News reports.
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The verdicts were read out in the Virginia courthouse on Wednesday afternoon. The civil jury, which consisted of seven people, came to a unanimous decision to reach each verdict. They had deliberated for around 12 hours over three days.


The jurors — made up of five men and two women — started deliberating on Friday afternoon and were asked to determine whether Heard or Depp defamed one another in statements they'd made about their relationship.
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Depp and his ex Heard were suing each other over a 2018 op-ed the actress wrote for The Washington Post. Closing arguments took place last week, with Depp's legal counsel insisting that the Aquaman star was lying when she claimed to be a victim of physical and sexual violence.

Throughout the trial, which started in April, attorneys for Depp argued that Heard's op-ed implied he was physically abusive towards his former wife - despite the fact that he was not named in it. His legal team also alleged that Heard's accusations cost him his reputation and his illustrious Hollywood career.

Depp is seeking $50 million in damages. Heard, on the other hand, is seeking an eye-watering $100 million.

A key moment in the trial saw Kate Moss confirm to the jury at that Depp never pushed her down the stairs, as alleged by Heard.

he 48-year-old supermodel testified via video link at her ex-boyfriend's high-profile defamation trial against Heard.


Depp, 58, and Heard, 36, have entered the final week of their defamation trial, in which the former is suing the latter for claiming to be a victim of "sexual violence". He wasn't named in the op-ed but he claims it nonetheless harmed his career and his reputation.

The Edwards Scissorhands star is suing the Aquaman actress for $50 million. Meanwhile, Heard is countersuing her former husband for twice the amount.

On Wednesday, Moss testified as a rebuttal witness and told the court that she had never been assaulted by Depp at any point in their relationship.


Her brief testimony saw her being questioned by Depp's attorney, Ben Chew, about their four-year romance.


Referring to rumors that the actor pushed her down the stairs during a vacation in Jamaica, she stated that this was not true.

"We were leaving the room and Johnny left the room before I did, and there had been a rainstorm," she told the court from Gloucestershire, England. "As I left the room, I slid down the stairs and I hurt my back."

"I screamed because I didn’t know what had happened to me and I was in pain. He came running back to help me, and carried me to my room, and got me medical attention."

Chew then asked again whether his client, Depp, had ever "pushed her down the stairs" at any point in their relationship.

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