The jury has reached a verdict in the highly-publicized defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. The former couple met on The Rum Diary set in 2011 and married in 2015. After one year of marriage, Heard filed for divorce and accused Depp of domestic abuse. Ever since the two have been embroiled in a contentious legal battle. Depp previously lost a libel case in the UK, which he brought against the British tabloid The Sun for an article that referred to him as a “wife-beater.”
In 2018, Heard penned an op-ed for The Washington Post with the help of the ALCU in which she detailed her experience of domestic abuse and sexual violence, though she never mentioned Depp by name. Despite that, Depp claims the accusations have severely damaged his career and reputation. In response, he filed a $50 million defamation suit against Heard, the scope of the recent trial in Fairfax, Virginia. Since starting last month on April 11, the defamation trial has revealed various bombshells about the former couple’s tumultuous relationship and their involvement in the Pirates of the Caribbean and Aquaman franchises. After several weeks of testimony and days of deliberation, the jury has reached a verdict.
Now, per AP, the jury’s verdict has been announced. Depp has won his libel lawsuit against Heard. Heard won on one account of defamation and was awarded $2 million. Depp was awarded $15 million.