FAIRFAX, Va. – The jury in the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard defamation trial reached a verdict in the case on Wednesday.
The seven-panel jury ruled in favor of Depp and determined Heard defamed him; he was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. The judge reduced the punitive damages to $350,000 in accordance with Virginia’s statutory cap.
The jury, however, also ruled in Amber Heard’s favor in her countersuit against Johnny Depp and awarded her $2 million in compensatory damages, AP reports.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the questions at issue during the trial were whether Heard’s 2018 op-ed in the Washington Post defamed ex-husband, Depp, and whether Adam Waldman, an attorney who represented Depp at the time, defamed Heard when he called her allegations of abuse “a hoax.”
Depp sued Heard for $50 million over the Post article and Heard countersued for $100 million.
Jurors have listened for six grueling weeks to testimony ranging from psychologists to chauffeurs to former romantic and business partners. Both Depp and Heard sat on the stand for several days each, each accusing the other of abuse in their brief marriage, which ended almost as quickly as it began.
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[Feature Photo: Amber Heard and Johnny Depp arrive in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Friday, May 27, 2022. Actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” (AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool)]