Johnny Depp wins libel case against Amber Heard. Here’s how people are reacting

After deliberating for three days, the seven-person jury has ruled in favour of Johnny Depp in his libel lawsuit against Amber Heard.

A verdict has been reached in Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

The seven-person civil jury ruled in favour of Depp in a unanimous decision in both verdicts.

After deliberating for about 12 hours over three days, the verdicts were read inside the Virginia court on Wednesday afternoon.

Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages in his defamation suit. The jury also awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages. The jury also ruled in favor of Heard, who said she was defamed by Depp’s lawyer when he called her abuse allegations a hoax.

Depp sued his ex-wife for $50 million, accusing her of libeling him with a 2018 op-ed she wrote in which she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” Heard filed a $100 million counterclaim against the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star after his lawyer called her allegations a hoax. Each accuses the other of destroying their career.

Heard was in court for the reading of the verdict, but Depp hasn’t been waiting in Virginia for the decision. He’s spent the last few days on stage, singing and playing guitar with Jeff Beck in the United Kingdom.

Heard responded to the verdict with a prepared statement on Twitter.

Depp also responded to the verdict with an official statement on Instagram.

Here’s what people are saying about the verdict.

Several crisis management experts commented that these lawsuits will affect the careers of both Heard and Depp, going forward.

After an explosive six-week defamation trial followed by millions on social media and live TV, does the truth matter when it comes to Johnny Depp and Amber Heard getting work? (June 1 / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
With files from Ivy Mak and The Associated Press.

Aisling Murphy is a reporter for the Star’s radio room based in Toronto. Reach her via email: aislingmurphy@thestar.ca

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