Johnny Depp LIVE trial outcome: Amber Heard unable to pay $8.35 million in damages and will appeal, lawyer says

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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.

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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.

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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 12:15 a.m.

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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 2, 2022 11:30 p.m.

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How much do Depp and Amber Heard owe each other?

Johnny Depp has prevailed in his $50m (£40m) defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard on domestic abuse charges.

A seven-person civil jury in Virginia found 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 2, 2022 11:00 p.m.

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Kyle Rittenhouse: Depp wins against Heard ‘fuelling’ 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 2, 2022 10:30 p.m.

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Voice: Depp and Heard won’t hear your take on the trial verdict – but your friends who are silent victims will

Abused women watch as all of this happens. They learn that their silence is the safest option.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 2, 2022 10:07 p.m.

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Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard’s Unlikely Cult Celebrities

Fans of the estranged couple have exhaustively documented every move and mannerism of plaintiff and defendant in court, their lawyers’ arguments, the judge’s interventions and a slew of colorful testimonials on TikTok, Instagram and Twitter, cutting out what would have could have amounted to dry court proceedings. in a spectator sport.

All of this has raised disapproving eyebrows in some quarters, with concerns expressed that the real issue at the heart of the case, domestic abuse, has been lost in what has become a tacky viral soap opera.

While those reviews are more than valid, there’s no doubt that the trial provided an extraordinary spectacle and an unforgettable cast of supporting characters who found themselves unlikely cult celebrities.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 2, 2022 9:59 p.m.

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Amber Heard Should Appeal Johnny Depp’s ‘Inconsistent’ Verdict, Says Lisa Bloom

Ms Bloom, whose clients have included Janice Dickinson (in her allegations against Bill Cosby), actor Mischa Barton (in a revenge porn lawsuit) and Harvey Weinstein (for whom Ms Bloom was an early adviser before quitting ) spoke to BBC Newsnight after the verdict in the defamation case.

Clemence Michallon reports:

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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 2, 2022 9:30 p.m.

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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 2, 2022 9:08 p.m.

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