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Depp vs. Heard: A Revolutionary Decision in Favor of Depp

Depp vs. Heard: A revolution has taken place before our very eyes

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Actor Johnny Depp won a libel case against his ex-wife Amber Heard, who accused him of domestic violence. According to the decision of the jury, she will have to pay compensation in the amount of $15 million (at the same time ($5 million is the number of legal costs).

"Depp vs. Heard: A Revolutionary Decision in Favor of Depp"
Depp vs. Heard: A Revolutionary Decision in Favor of the actor

Johnny Depp filed a libel suit against Amber, who accused him earlier of domestic violence, in early April of this year. The reason for the litigation was an article by the actress, published in the Washington Post in 2018. In it, she wrote that she had become “a public figure and represents victims of domestic violence.”

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Depp himself was not mentioned in the material, however, according to his lawyers, it was this material that eventually deprived the actor of his career. Most notably, he lost his contract with Warner Bros. on a series of films based on the Harry Potter saga “Fantastic Beasts” (Depp was replaced by Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen there).

The jury concluded that Amber defamed Johnny with every one of her three statements in the note, and also acted with “genuine malice” in making the allegations knowing they were false.

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The court heard an audio recording from which it allegedly follows that Heard told Johnny that it was she who beat him, and not he beat her. The actor said that during one quarrel, Amber threw a bottle at him, and the tip of his finger was cut off. The actress, for her part, said that she beat the actor only in self-defense. She also spoke about Johnny’s serious drug problems. Well, everything in this spirit.

Amber was present in the courtroom at the announcement of the verdict. Depp was in the UK at the time, where he was greeted with a standing ovation at a concert in London. The epic denouement of a case that was followed by almost the entire world.

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"Depp vs. Heard: A Revolutionary Decision in Favor of Depp"
Depp vs. Heard: A Revolutionary Decision in Favor of the actor

The high-profile trial began on April 11. During this time, many people have witnessed a number of scandalous situations. There were many indecent and sometimes absurd statements. Almost every user of the Internet and social networks has probably come across video clips from the courtroom at least a couple of times and understands what is at stake.

Amber was also awarded $2 million in compensation

Heard was also awarded $2 million in compensation. The jury partially found her right in the case against the ex-spouse. The words of Johnny Depp’s lawyer in the Daily Mail that Hurd allegedly ambushed Depp in an attempt to shift the blame for the destroyed premises on the actor were found to be false.

According to Depp’s lawyers before the start of the lawsuit, they intended to prove that the woman lied about the behavior of her ex-spouse and did it with malicious intent to harm his career. In a statement, the actor demanded damages in the amount of $50 million.

"Depp vs. Heard: A Revolutionary Decision in Favor of Depp"
A Revolutionary Decision in Favor of the actor

It is important to remember briefly how it all began. Johnny and Amber began dating in 2011. In January 2014, Johnny proposed to Amber, and a year later they got married, but disagreements arose between the lovers very quickly, and in May 2016, Hurd filed for divorce.

Later, Amber, in turn, filed a counterclaim – demanding compensation in the amount of $ 100 million. “Hopefully, when this case is over, I can move on. And Johnny too. I continue to love Johnny, and it is incredibly painful for me to again discuss the details of our past life together in front of the whole world, ”the actress wrote on Instagram at the time (recognized as an extremist in Russia and banned).

Depp and Amber were married from 2015 to 2017. In 2016, the actress filed for divorce, and then accused Depp of “three days of torment with physical abuse.” the actor denied violence towards his wife. “Nothing like this has ever happened. I have hit Ms. Hurd in any way. I have never hit a woman in my life. It was six years of hard trials. It’s very strange when one day you, being, so to speak, Cinderella, turn into Quasimodo in 0.6 seconds, ” the actor said in court.

The Depp v. Heard verdict sets a significant precedent. Johnny in his address mentioned “the return in the courts and media of the principle that everyone is innocent until proven otherwise “. In recent years, this postulate has indeed been periodically violated. Now there is hope that such cases will be reduced to zero.

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