This is Wednesday, June 1, the third day of negotiations and The final decision of the defamation lawsuit between celebrities Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has been announced.
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Actor Johnny Depp won the case against his ex-wife Amber Heard, but a popular jury also found him responsible for defaming the actor at one time. The victory in this media trial was clear for Depp, as Heard would only have to pay two million dollars compared to the more than 10 he had to pay – he had 15 according to the jury but the judge dropped him
this The jury ruled in Johnny Depp’s favor and found that his ex-wife Amber Heard had slandered him with an article in ‘The Washington Post’. here he presented himself as a victim of domestic abuse.
Although Depp sued Heard for $50 million, the court ruled that the actress had to pay her ex-husband $15 million, 10 million in damages and 5 million in punitive damages.
Seven jurors found in Heard’s article three sentences proving intent to defame the player:
-“I spoke out against sexual violence and faced the anger of our culture. That has to change.”
“Then, two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse and felt the full force of our culture’s anger against women.”
“I had the rare advantage of seeing in real time how institutions are protecting men accused of harassment.”
Since this is a civil case and not a criminal case, not a crime to be prosecuted, the jury does not decide who is guilty or innocent. Precisely for this reason, Losing the case, Amber Heard will not face any charges or serve time in jail..
In the case, which lasted nearly two months, both Heard and Depp shared photos and recordings of their conversations, accusing each other of physical and verbal abuse over the course of their more than five-year relationship.
The two celebrities, as well as psychologists, police officers, representatives, housekeepers, and even the couple’s therapist, intervened, insisting in one of the first statements of the oral hearing that the abuse was both occurring.
Despite the media attention the couple’s most tumultuous and striking statements received, the trial was a civil defamation process in which the jury’s job was not to identify a party guilty of ill-treatment or abuse.
At her deliberation, the jury had to decide whether the three sentences Heard wrote in her opinion column were defamatory against Depp, given the actress’s not named in the text but given the public profile of both. He.
In the first sentence, Heard claimed he spoke “against sexual violence”; In the second, he stated that he represented “domestic abuse” and that he felt “angry to women who spoke”, while in the third statement he claimed that he had witnessed “how institutions protect men accused of harassment”.
Upon learning of the jury’s decision, both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard reacted to the final decision.
“False, very serious and criminal charges were made against me through the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content (…) I’ve already toured the world twice in a nanosecond and had a seismic effect on my life and career. And six Years later, the jury gave me my life back. I’m really honored.” Depp made a statement.
Heard also provided the following in a text: “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I am saddened that the mountain of evidence is not enough to counter the incredible power and influence of my ex-husband. I am even more disappointed with what this decision means to other women.”
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Wednesday, June 1: After two and a half days of deliberation, the jury stated that it was ready to announce the final verdict from the Fairfax Court, Virginia, United States, at 3:00 PM ET (2:00 PM Colombian time).
The deliberations between the seven members of the jury were held behind closed doors and in great secrecy. But it was learned on Wednesday morning. Depp’s legal team asked the jury to remove and disregard certain statements made by one of Heard’s lawyers.. The proposal was rejected.
Tuesday, May 31: Judge Penney Azcarate called the lawyers of both celebrities, and although many believed that the verdict was ready, in reality the meeting arose out of the jury’s suspicion.
The judge wanted to point out one of them. Explanations on gender-based violence in Heard’s article published in the Washington Post. In this regard, Depp’s lawyers Camille Vásquez and Ben Chew replied that “the statement is the headline, not the entire editorial.”
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After listening to both of their testimonies for several weeks, the seven jurors met for three days to discuss which of the two had tarnished and tarnished the other’s personal and professional image.
To reach the verdict, each member of the jury had to complete a 42-question questionnaire published by the Fairfax court, which included 24 questions for Depp’s claims and 18 questions for Heard’s counterclaim. This document allowed them to decide unanimously.
The ex-couple filed a media suit in the Fairfax, Virginia courts from April 11 to May 27, where a jury heard both of their statements.
Depp sued his ex-wife for over $50 million, or 180 billion Colombian pesos, after Heard published an article in the Washington Post in 2018. where she claimed to be a victim of domestic violence.
Although the article in question did not name Depp as an alleged abuser, this affected the actor’s reputation and as a result, he lost many commercial contracts and roles, such as Captain Jack Sparrow, which he played in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” saga. .
On your own behalf Heard sued Depp twice as much: $100 million. The actress argued that she was also a victim of defamation after Depp, and her defense at the time called her a “liar” for her statements.
*With information from EFE