Depp verdict: Actor wins libel case as Heard grants counterclaim
The jury in the libel trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard returned a verdict on day three of deliberations, awarding a victory to Depp and a partial victory to Heard.
Depp sued Heard for $50 million for suggesting he abused her in 2018 Washington Post editorial. Although she did not name him, he says her allegations have impacted his ability to work. She sued for a $100 million counterclaim.
The jury found that Heard defamed Depp on all three counts and awarded him $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages (capped at $350,000). Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages, but no punitive damages.
In closing arguments, Depp’s lawyers asked jurors to “return her life” after she was “ruined” by Heard’s domestic violence allegations. On Wednesday, the “humbled” actor thanked them and said a new chapter was now beginning for him after six years.
In a statement, Heard expressed her “disappointment beyond words” and said she was heartbroken, saying the verdict was a “setback” for women.
A Heard spokesperson saidThe New York Times that she decided to appeal the verdict and attorney Elaine Bredehoft told NBC Today show that Heard was “unable to pay” the damages and the alleged evidence had been suppressed.
Each counts the Depp-Heard jurors considered
As a public figure, Johnny Depp faced a high bar to win his libel case against his ex-wife Amber Heard. According to seven unanimous jurors, he cleared him.
Depp’s victory was not absolute, however. The jurors also found that part of Heard’s counterclaim was valid.
Here is an overview of each number of jurors taken into account:
Olivier O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 10:30 am
Sam Fender’s Johnny Depp pub selfie was a serious misstep in an otherwise glittering career
Sam Fender posted a selfie with Johnny Depp just seconds after the verdict was announced in his lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Leonie Cooper explains why this move was a serious misstep in Fender’s career.
Peony HirwaniJune 3, 2022 10:00 a.m.
Kyle Rittenhouse: Depp wins against Heard ‘fueling’ his plan to sue the media for defamation
In August 2020, Mr Rittenhouse fatally shot two men and injured a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin during the unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
He was acquitted in November 2021 of five counts, including first degree homicide.
Mr Rittenhouse and his mother, Wendy Rittenhouse, have accused a number of individuals and media of ‘defaming’ him.
Olivier O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 9:30 a.m.
Lawyer heard ‘tremendous amount of evidence was suppressed’ during trial
A lawyer representing Amber Heard in her defamation lawsuit against Johnny Depp has spoken out after the verdict to say that “an enormous amount of evidence was suppressed” during the weeks-long trial.
Lawyer Elaine Bredehoft appeared on The Today Show on Thursday morning, hours after a jury determined Ms Heard defamed Mr Depp on all three counts in his lawsuit against her over a 2018 op-ed that she wrote in the Washington Post to be a victim of domestic violence.
The jury also ruled in favor of one of Ms Heard’s three countersuit demands, determining that Mr Depp’s attorney had called her abuse allegations against her estranged husband a hoax.
Olivier O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 8:30 a.m.
Depp hired a lawyer as a consultant for her lawsuit after seeing her in Making a Murderer
Lawyer says Johnny Depp hired her as legal consultant for his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard after seeing her on the show make a murderer.
Ms Zellner said Mr Depp called her and left a voicemail in her office in late December. She said Mr. Depp told her he saw her in make a murderer saying she “would be the last person anyone would hire if they were guilty, because you would find out”.
“I was struck that this was what motivated him to contact me,” Ms Zellner added.
Clemence Michallon reports:
Olivier O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 7:30 a.m.
Depp and Heard face an uphill battle to reconstruct the footage
After an explosive six-week libel trial watched by millions on social media and live TV, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard each face an uphill battle: trying to rebuild their image and their careers.
Depp already has a head start, with a jury verdict on Wednesday largely favoring his story that his ex-wife defamed him by accusing him of abusing her.
“Depp has a hill to climb. Heard has a mountain to climb,” said Eric Dezenhall, a crisis-mitigator in Washington with no involvement in the case.
Olivier O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 6:30 a.m.
How much do Depp and Amber Heard owe each other?
Johnny Depp has won his $50m (£40m) defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard on domestic abuse charges.
A seven-person civil jury in Virginia found that Ms Heard defamed the Pirates of the Caribbean and fantastic beasts star when she implied he abused her in a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post.
The jury also upheld one of Ms Heard’s three claims in a $100million countersuit against Mr Depp and his lawyer, who called her initial 2016 allegations an ‘ambush’ and ‘hoax’. .
Neither side got the full amount they wanted.
Olivier O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 05:01
Johnny Depp has confirmed he will be joining Jeff Beck for the rest of the UK tour
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp will join Jeff Beck for the rest of his UK tour, it has been confirmed.
Depp, 58, who won his multimillion-dollar libel lawsuit in the United States against his ex-wife Amber Heard, 36, on Wednesday, had already surprised audiences and fans when he joined Beck on stage at Sheffield and at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Olivier O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 04:00
Voices: The verdict is not surprising. What I saw in the courtroom made me sick
Clemence Michallon writes:
I reported on this trial over the course of seven weeks. It invaded my professional life and many of my personal conversations. It was a difficult, often grim task.
Through it all, the cruelty of those who mocked Heard never ceased to amaze me.
Olivier O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 3:15 a.m.
The Washington Post adds an editor’s note to Amber Heard’s op-ed in 2018
Following the verdict in the dueling defamation lawsuits brought by Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, the editorial at the center of her complaint against her has been changed.
Olivier O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 2:30 a.m.