A jury in Fairfax, Virginia, on Wednesday dominated that Heard deliberately and maliciously defamed the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star in a 2018 Washington Post opinion article during which she mentioned she was a sufferer of home abuse. Depp was awarded $15 million in whole damages, which Judge Penney Azcarate diminished to only over $10 million consistent with the state’s cap. Depp sued for $50 million over the 2018 article.
The jury awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages for her counterclaim. Heard filed a $100 million countersuit towards Depp after his lawyer known as her allegations a hoax. She testified that she was bodily and sexually assaulted by Depp greater than a dozen occasions. Depp claimed that she had made up the abuse allegations and that she was the one who bodily attacked him. Both actors declare their careers have been destroyed by the opposite.
EW first reported Wednesday that Heard plans to attraction the decision. After the choice was handed down, the actor mentioned in a press release her disappointment was “beyond words,” describing the decision as a “setback” for ladies “to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated.”
“I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband,” she mentioned.
In his personal assertion, Depp mentioned he was “humbled” by the choice. “Six years later, the jury gave me my life back,” he mentioned.
Heard has publicly alleged since 2016 that Depp bodily abused her throughout their relationship, which started after they met on the set of the 2011 movie “The Rum Diary.” They married in 2015, however simply 15 months later, Heard filed for divorce and for a short lived restraining order, citing home abuse.
Sara Boboltz contributed to this report.