Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Verdict! OVER 3.5 Million Watch as Jury Decrees Amber Heard Defamed Johnny Depp, Acted with Malice, Award Depp $15 Million, Heard $2 Mil

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On YouTube, over 3.5 million people watched the jury return a verdict in the civil trial between Johnny Depp and ex wife Amber Heard.

Depp is not present. He’s in the UK playing rock gigs with Jeff Beck.

The jury says Depp has proven that Amber Heard defamed him. He’s won.

The jury came into the courtroom but evidently forgot to fill out the compensatory damages form. The judge sent them back to their room to finish their work.

The jury has completely vindicated Depp and ruled that Heard acted with “actual malice.”

It’s a stunning loss for Heard, and a victory for Depp. The jury awarded Depp $15 million regarding the Washington Post op ed Heard wrote. They also awarded him $2 million in the case of Heard’s claims about the Daily Mail.

Heard said in a long statement that she was “Disappointed” with the verdict. I’ll bet she is. The breakdown below shows what she now owes Depp. That will be negotiated over the next few weeks since it’s likely she doesn’t have that kind of money. What will be interesting to see is if Depp swaps out the money for a Non Disclosure gag order preventing Heard from writing a book or giving interviews.

BREAKDOWN OF MONEY:

$10 million to Depp in compensatory damages

$5 million to Depp in punitive damages* (capped by law at $350,000)

$2 million to Heard in compensatory damages

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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