A jury ruled unanimously in favor of Johnny Depp in hisagainst ex-wife Amber Heard. Moments after the verdict was announced, Depp, who was not in court at the time, posted a statement on Instagram, saying the jury “gave my life back to me.”
“Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the life of my loved ones, and also the lives of the people who, for many, many years, have supported me and believed in me, changed forever. wink,” he wrote, in what appears to be a statement written on a typewriter.
Depp went on to say that the media threw “false, very serious and criminal allegations” at him, setting off an “endless barrage of hateful content”.
“It’s already circled the world twice in a nanosecond and it’s had a seismic impact on my life and my career,” he said. “And six years later, the jury gave my life back to me. I’m really humbled.”
Depp sued Heard for $50 million over a Washington Post op-ed she wrote in December 2018 in which she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic violence.” Heard never mentioned Depp by name in the article, but Depp’s attorneys argued throughout the trial that he was defamed by its content.
Heard countersued for double that amount, claiming Depp’s team defamed her by claiming her abuse allegations were a hoax.
On Wednesday, after hearing six weeks of hearings from both sides, as well as a number of witnesses, into numerous allegations of violent abuse, the jury agreed to a mixed verdict: Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. , while Heard received $2 million. The judge said state law capped punitive damages at $350,000, meaning Depp’s award would total $10.35 million.
“From the beginning, the goal in bringing this case was to uncover the truth, regardless of the outcome,” Depp continued in his statement. “Speaking the truth was something I owed to my children and everyone who remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing that I finally accomplished this.”
He went on to say that he hopes his “quest for the truth” has helped others who have found themselves in his “situation” to never give up.
“The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun,” he said. “Veritas numquam perit. Truth never perishes.”