Only minutes earlier, the seven-panel jury entered the courtroom, and Judge Penney Azcarate informed the jury that they must enter the damages portion of the verdict form, indicating the amount each side should be awarded. She then sent them back to the deliberation room. Heard, wearing all black, wore a somber express.
Moments later, the jury returned and the judge read the answers to the questions posed to the jury. The jury found that Ms. Heard had defamed Mr. Johnny Depp, and that she was entitled to $2 million from him. The jury awarded Depp $15 million.
Amber Heard released a statement through her legal team shortly following the jury’s decision to award her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, $15 million in damages in his defamation case against the “Aquaman” actress.
“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,” Heard said in her statement.
“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,” she continued.
“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,” Heard noted. “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.”
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