After Amber Heard, 36, attempted to appeal the June 2022 decision that favoured Johnny Depp, 59, their defamation case was ultimately resolved. A settlement between the parties’ attorneys will see Depp get $1 million from Heard’s insurance carrier. Since Heard claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse during their 15-month marriage. Couple has been embroiled in a heated legal battle on both sides of the Atlantic for the past six years.
How’s Is The Defamation Charges To Amber Heard & Johnny Depp
Amber won a case in London, but Depp prevailed in a subsequent trial this year in Fairfax, Virginia.
Following the six-week trial, the actress was compelled to pay $10 million in compensatory damages. And $5 million (later lowered to $365,000) in punitive damages. While Depp was told to give her $2 million when Heard countersued for slander and won.
What’s The Official Statement Released
After Heard filed an appeal, the legal teams for the two parties have been in intense negotiations. And to prevent the agony of a brutal third trial. Finally, an agreement was reached over the weekend. nd both parties have agreed to release a statement at 2 PM GMT today (9am ET).
‘Amber is now looking forward to moving on with her life as she planned to do six years ago.'
‘She wants to put this unfortunate episode behind her and turn to what she loves in life: her career, her family and her causes.’
Comparing it to how she was treated in British courts, she said that she had lost all faith in the American judicial system and asserted that her ex-husband had triumphed in the Virginia courtroom owing to a vote “for popularity and power above reason and due process.“
Johnny Depp To Start With New Impact
Although former Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp has made an effort to relaunch his career, it is obvious that the legal battle has had a significant impact. After the court proceedings in London, the actor was let go from the Fantastic Beasts series.
There were rumours that female musicians might skip the Brit Awards if he made the shortlist earlier this month when his name was on a longlist of music that may win the award.
Heard, on the other hand, has grown so concerned about her safety that she was compelled to leave America with her daughter Oonagh, and the two of them are now residing in a foreign nation.
Check Amber Heard Full Statement
“After a great deal of deliberation I have made a very difficult decision to settle the defamation case brought against me by my ex-husband in Virginia."
"It’s important for me to say that I never chose this. 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-victimized when they come forward. Now I finally have an opportunity to emancipate myself from something I attempted to leave over six years ago and on terms I can agree to. I have made no admission, this is not an act of concession. There are no restrictions or gags with respect to my voice moving forward."
"I make this decision have lost faith in the American legal system, where my unprotected testimony served as entertainment and social media fodder."
"When I took before a judge in the U.K., I was vindicated by a robust, impartial and fair system, where I was protected from having to give the worst moments of my testimony in front of the worlds media, and where the court found that I was subjected to domestic and sexual violence. In the U.S., however, I exhausted almost all my resources in advance of and during a trial in which I was subject to a courtroom in which abundant, direct evidence that corroborated my testimony was excluded and in which popularity and power mattered more than reason and due process. In the interim I was exposed to a type of humiliation that I simply cannot re-live. Even if my U.S. appeal is successful, the best outcome would be a re-trial where a new jury would have to consider the evidence age. I simply cannot go through that for a third time."
"Time is precious, and I want to spend my time productively and purposefully. For too many years I have been caged in an arduous and expensive legal process, which has shown itself unable to protect me and my right to free speech. I cannot afford to risk an impossible bill – one that is not just financial but also psychological, physical and emotional. Women shouldn’t have to face abuse or bankruptcy for speaking her truth, but unfortunately it is not uncommon. In settling this case I’m also choosing the freedom to dedicate my time to the work that helped me heal after my divorce; work that exists in realms in which I feel seen, heard and believed and in which I know I can effect change."
"I will not be threatened, disheartened, or dissuaded by what happened from speaking the truth. No one can and no one will take that from me. My voice forever remains the most valuable asset I have. I’d like to thank my outstanding appellate and original trial teams for their relentless hard work. I want to thank everyone who has supported me and I turn my attention to the growing support that I felt and seen publicly in the months since trial, and the efforts have been made to show solidarity with my story. Any survivor knows that the ability to tell their story often feels like the only relief. I cannot find enough words to tell you the hope your belief in me inspires. Not just for me, but for all of you." Thank you. See you soon.
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