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After Weeks Of Trial, The Jury Finds Both Amber Heard And Johnny Depp Guilty Of Defaming

June 02, 2022 | by Ritu Sanghvi

In 2018, Amber Heard wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post wherein she revealed to the world that she had faced domestic abuse and had blamed Johnny Depp as the abuser (without mentioning him by name). Following this, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor filed a defamation suit against his ex-wife. It’s been a few weeks since the trial has been going on and now, the jury has finally given the verdict. And it is a mixed one where both were found guilty of defaming the other.

On Wednesday, the jury in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation case found the Aquaman actress guilty of defaming her ex-husband by saying that he had abused her over the course of their relationship.

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The jury unanimously agreed that Amber Heard could not substantiate her claims. They also agreed that the actress was aware that her allegations were false when she published the op-ed in Washington Post in 2018.

Taking into account the evidence and testimonies that were presented in the trial, the jury said that Amber Heard intentionally acted with malice while writing that op-ed against Johnny Depp. The jury also awarded him $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

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As per reports, since Amber Heard had filed a countersuit, the jury also found that Johnny Depp had defamed her through Waldman on one account. She was awarded $2million in compensatory damages but $0 in punitive damages. 

The verdict came after the jury discussed it for approximately 13hrs over the course of 3 days. And soon after the verdict, both of the actors took to their respective social media accounts to give out statements wherein they express what the verdict means to them.

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