Depp & Heard
Depp and Heard case

A Jury in Virginia hearing Depp vs Heard’s case has ruled in favor of Johnny Depp in his libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, who had accused him of abuse.

The seven-person civil jury had to come to an unanimous decision to reach each verdict. A deliberation which has lasted for about 12 hours over the last three days.

Depp has sued his ex-wife for $US50 million ($70 million), accusing her of defaming him with a 2018 op-ed she wrote describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse”, a case which has been considered to have affected both their careers. Heard filed a $US100 million ($140 million) counterclaim against the Pirates of the Caribbean star after his lawyer called her allegations a hoax.

Testimony during the six-week trial included lurid details of their short and volatile marriage. Heard testified that Depp physically or sexually assaulted her more than a dozen times. Depp said he never struck Heard, that she concocted the abuse allegations, and that she was the one who physically attacked him, multiple times.

Jurors had to decide both claims based on whether or not the statements were made with “actual malice,” meaning they knew what they were saying was false, or were acting with a reckless disregard for the truth.

 

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  • by Adedolapo
    Posted 1 — 06

    Finally!

  • by Precious
    Posted 1 — 06

    Justice well served!

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