On Wednesday, a jury ruled unanimously in favor of Johnny DeppAgainst ex-wife Amber Heard. Moments after the verdict was announced, Depp, who was not in court at the time, released a statement on Instagram, saying the jury had “gave me my life back.”
“Six years ago, my life, the lives of my children, the lives of those close to me as well as the lives of the people who supported and believed in me for so many years changed forever. All in the blink of an eye,” he wrote, in what appeared to be a statement typed on a typewriter.
Deeb added that the media threw “false, dangerous and criminal allegations” against him, which led to an “endless barrage of hateful content.”
“He has already traveled around the world twice within a nanosecond and has had a seismic effect on my life and career,” he said. “And after six years, the jury gave me my life back. I’m really humbled.”
Depp sued Heard for $50 million for a Washington Post op-ed she wrote in December 2018 in which she described herself as a “public figure who represents domestic violence.” Heard never mentioned Depp by name in the article, but Depp’s lawyers argued throughout the trial that he had been defamed by its contents.
Heard disputed double that amount, saying Depp’s team had discredited her by saying her abuse allegations were a hoax.
On Wednesday, after hearing six weeks of hearing from both parties, as well as a number of witnesses, about several allegations of violent abuse, the jury agreed to a mixed verdict: Depp was awarded $10 million in damages and $5 million in punitive damages while Hurd received 2. Million dollars. The judge said state law caps punitive damages at $350,000, meaning Depp’s reward will be $10.35 million.
“From the beginning, the aim of this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome,” Depp said in his statement. “Telling the truth was something I owe to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing that I have finally made it.”
He went on to say that he hopes his “quest for the truth” has helped others who find themselves in his “situation” never to give up.
“The best is yet to come and a new chapter is finally beginning,” he said. “Veritas numquam perit. The truth never dies.”
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