Last Wednesday (1) the trial involving Johnny Depp, 58, and Amber Heard, 36, ended. The Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia convicted the actors of defaming each other.
In 2008, Heard wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post, in which she reported on domestic abuse, not mentioning her ex-husband. Johnny accused his ex-wife of defamation and filed a lawsuit against her. In turn, Amber said she was defamed by a former lawyer for the actor.
The actress regretted the verdict by posting a text on her Instagram.
“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. 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”, started Heard.
“I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously. I believe Johnny’s attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK. I’m sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly”, vented the actress.
The jury ruled that the actress should pay her ex-husband $15 million, but the judge later reduced it to $10.35 million, due to Virginia legal limits. And Johnny Depp must pay his ex-wife $2 million.