No gold for Amber
For weeks, the trial of former actor couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard gripped millions of people worldwide. On Wednesday, the jury finally came to a verdict.
Just a month and a half ago, exes Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met in court in Fairfax, Virginia. Here they fought each other in a libel case in front of a judge, jury and visitors. Millions of people closely followed the case at home, and soon two camps arose.
If you’ve been living under a rock for the past two months, here’s the thing in brief. Johnny dragged his ex to court for libel following an opinion piece she wrote for The Washington Post about intimate partner violence. Although she did not mention the name of her ex, he saw how his roles suddenly dissolved into nothing. He sued her for $ 50 million. Amber did not just let this happen and also sued her ex for libel, for the gigantic amount of 100 million dollars.
After hearing more than 100 hours of testimony, seeing countless pieces of evidence and 14 hours of deliberation, the jury has decided that prosecutor Johnny is largely right, Amber somewhat. This makes him the winner in his case against Amber.
Although millions of fans and viewers were concerned with the question of which of the two was guilty of partner violence, the jury (five men, two women) wondered if libel should be spoken of. Johnny, who was still performing in the UK last weekend, was not present at the reading of the verdict. Amber was there.
On Wednesday they read the following in court, they dealt with four charges. And they did so through a number of questions. Three of the four charges were won by Johnny. The jury ultimately awarded the latter to the actress.
They awarded the actor $ 10 million in compensatory damages. And another $ 5 million in punitive damages – penalty costs to the lawsuit) – which were reduced to the state’s legally permissible amount; $ 350,000. Amber has to pay Johnny $ 10,350,000.
Amber was also awarded $ 2 million in compensatory damages. Her amount of punitive damages was set at $ 0. This is how the teams responded.
Johnny’s team was delighted to hear the verdict. They took it, for them, good news with hugs and laughter. Amber’s team was defeated and left the courtroom immediately after the verdict.
Now that the Pirates of the Caribbean actor has been largely put in his right, it is only a question of whether his former lover can cough up the amount due. During the case, it already became clear that the Aquaman actress earned $ 10 million between 2013 and 2019.