Johnny Depp, the Hollywood actor, has won his defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
After six weeks of evidence in Depp’s high-profile libel trial against Heard, the jurors in Fairfax, Virginia, ruled in favour of the actor in the $50 million (€47 million) case on Wednesday evening.
Depp’s defamation suit against his celebrity ex-wife went to a trial, starting in Virginia on April 11 with jury selection.
The actor claimed a 2018 domestic violence piece written by Heard in The Washington Post had implied he was abusive.
Heard didn’t name the actor but Depp’s lawyers said her allegations made it difficult for him to land acting roles.
Giving its verdict, the judge awarded $15 million to Depp — comprising $10 million in compensatory damages and a further $5 million in punitive damages.
Heard, on the other hand, was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages but no money for punitive damages.
Depp’s lawyers had earlier argued in court that Heard concocted a victim role despite being the abuser.
The actor also claimed that his ex-wife severed his hand with a bottle during an argument.
In her reaction, Heard alleged Depp attacked her after accusing her of having an affair with James Franco.
The actress’ testimony also included allegations of Depp’s behaviour on drugs and alcohol, as well as allegations of sexual assault and physical abuse.
A petition seeking Heard’s removal from ‘Aquaman’ sequel has crossed over 4,445,000 signatures — as of the time of this report.
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