Johnny Depp and the verdict of the trial of Amber Heard

Johnny Depp and the verdict of the trial of Amber Heard

It appears the jurors found at least one party liable but did not meet the damages it would award, according to Judge Penney Azcarate. Jurors were tasked with deciding whether to award compensatory and punitive damages if they found a party liable for defamation.

“When you find for one or more defamatory statements, you have to fill out compensatory damages,” Azcarate told jurors in open court. “It must be at least $1 and up to what you feel the damages should be. For punitive damages you can put a 0 in there or you can fill them in like we do.”

Depp sued Heard for $50 million defamation over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence.” Although Depp was not named in the article, he claims it cost him lucrative acting roles. Heard sued for $100 million, following statements by Depp’s attorney about his abuse allegations. Heard and Depp met in 2009 and were married from 2015 to 2016.

The defamation trial has been ongoing since April and jurors have heard more than 100 hours of testimony in total. They heard from dozens of witnesses, including live testimony from Depp and Heard, and deliberated for nearly 14 hours before reaching a verdict.

Depp is not in court for the verdict due to “previously scheduled work commitments,” a source close to Depp told CNN, adding that he “will be watching from the UK.”

Heard is in court awaiting the verdict.

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