Johnny Depp issued a lengthy statement in response to the jury’s decision in his lawsuit against Amber Heard. The “Aquaman” star has been ordered to pay Depp $10.35 million in damages ($10 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages) after a jury determined that she defamed Depp in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed that alluded to her previous claims of domestic violence.
While the jury sided with Depp in the verdict, it still ruled that Depp defamed Heard in the course of fighting her charges. For her counterclaim, the jury awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages.
“From the start, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome,” Depp said in a statement released after the verdict. “I owed it to my children and all those who have remained steadfast in their support for me to speak the truth.” I’m relieved that I’ve finally completed that.”
While Depp celebrated the decision, Heard slammed it in her own statement. “I can’t express how disappointed I am today,” she said. “I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was not enough to overcome my ex-disproportionate husband’s power, influence, and sway.”
Depp was not present when the verdict was read at the Virginia courthouse. The actor is currently in the United Kingdom.
Below is Depp’s full statement on his trial verdict:
Six years ago, my life, the lives of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and the lives of those who had supported and believed in me for many, many years were forever changed.
Everything happened in the blink of an eye.
False, very serious, and criminal allegations were leveled against me in the media, resulting in an endless barrage of hateful content, despite the fact that no charges were ever filed against me. It had already traveled twice around the world in a nanosecond and had a profound impact on my life and career.
Six years later, the jury restored my life. I am deeply moved.
My decision to pursue this case, knowing full well the legal obstacles I would face and the inevitable, global spotlight on my life, was made after much deliberation.
The goal of bringing this case from the start was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something I owed to my children and to everyone who has continued to support me. I’m relieved that I’ve finally completed that task.
I am and have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, support, and kindness from people all over the world. I hope that my quest for the truth has helped others, men and women alike, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those who support them never give up. I also hope that, both in the courts and in the media, the position will now be innocent until proven guilty.
I’d like to thank the Judge, the jurors, the court staff, and the Sheriffs for sacrificing their own time to get to this point, as well as my tenacious and unwavering legal team for assisting me in sharing the truth.
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