Amber Heard disappointed beyond words as she and Johnny Depp speak out after verdict

Amber Heard disappointed beyond words as she and Johnny Depp speak out after verdict


Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have shared statements after the jury ruled in Johnny's favour in the libel case.

The jurors ruled in favour of Amber's ex husband Johnny, and awarded him $15 million in damages as they gave a verdict on Wednesday 1 June.

The jury also ruled that Amber's countersuit case was unproven – but she was awarded $2million in damages for a statement Johnny's lawyer made about her.

Following the announcement, Amber released a statement which read: “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.

"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.”

The jury announced they had ruled in favour of Johnny Depp as they read out the verdict in the courthouse in Fairfax County, Virginia on Wednesday 1 June.

Actor Johnny was awarded $15million in damages – $10m (£8m) in compensatory damages and $5m in punitive damages.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star was not in court when the verdict was delivered as he is currently in the UK, performing a string of shows with musical act Beck.

Amber, however was in court when the verdict was delivered. She looked downcast as the jury ruled in Johnny's favour.

The multimillion-dollar lawsuit saw 58 year old Johnny suing his ex-wife for defamation over a newspaper article in The Washington Post called: "I spoke up against sexual violence – and faced our culture's wrath. That has to change."

Following the verdict, Johnny also shared a statement which read: "Six years ago my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me and also the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported and believed in me were forever changed all in a blink of an eye.

"False, very serious and criminal allegations were levied at me by the media which trigged an endless barrage of hateful content, although those charges were never brought against me it had already travelled around the world twice within a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career.

"Six years later the jury gave back my life. I am truly humbled."

He continued: "My decision to pursue this case, knowing very well the height of the legal hurdles I'd be facing and the inevitable worldwide spectacle into my life was only made after considerable thought.

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"From the very beginning, the goal of this case was to reveal the truth regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that.

“I am, and have been, overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and the colossal support and kindness from around the world. I hope that my quest to have the truth be told will have helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those supporting them never give up. I also hope that the position will now return to innocent until proven guilty, both within the courts and in the media.

“I wish to acknowledge the noble work of the Judge, the jurors, the court staff and the Sheriffs who have sacrificed their own time to get to this point, and to my diligent and unwavering legal team who did an extraordinary job in helping me to share the truth.

“The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun.

“Veritas numquam perit."

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