Following a high-profile trial earlier this year in which the former couple accused each other of physical and verbal abuse, Hollywood actor Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard have resolved their defamation cases.
Heard revealed the settlement on Instagram on Monday.
In June, both parties appealed significant portions of the jury’s verdicts. The seven-member civil jury awarded Depp $10 million in damages while simultaneously awarding Heard $2 million.
The settlement includes a $1 million payment from her to him to satisfy any financial claims, according to Depp’s camp.
According to his attorneys, he will donate the funds to charity.
“We are pleased to formally close the door on this painful chapter for Mr. Depp, who made clear throughout this process that his priority was about bringing the truth to light. The jury’s unanimous decision and the resulting judgement in Mr. Depp’s favor against Ms. Heard remain fully in place,” Depp’s attorneys Benjamin Chew and Camille Vazquez said in a Monday statement.
Both parties claimed before a jury in the Fairfax County Circuit Court, Virginia, that the other party had defamed them.
Depp claimed he was defamed by Heard’s 2018 Washington Post opinion piece in which she referred to herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”
His counsel maintained that he was defamed by the story, despite the fact that it never stated his name, because it plainly addressed the abuse charges Heard made against Depp during their divorce proceedings.
Heard, on the other side, claimed that Depp defamed her when one of his attorneys termed her accusations of abuse a “hoax.”
Monday on Instagram, Heard stated that settling was a difficult decision.
“I never chose this,” she wrote. “I defended my truth and in doing so my life as I knew it was destroyed. The vilification I have faced on social media is an amplified version of the ways in which women are re-victimised when they come forward.”
More on this story via The Western Journal:
The trial stretched over several months and became something of a cultural phenomenon as millions of Americans watched the televised proceedings.
Ostensibly a defamation case, the trial frequently devolved into ugly mudslinging as both Depp and Heard took the stand over multiple days denying each other’s abuse allegations and accusing each other of horrible behavior during their brief marriage. CONTINUE READING…