After this clown show of a trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, where the famed actor is suing his ex-wife for $50 million in defamation (And Heard responded with a $100 million countersuit), we’re finally coming to an end.
On top of all that, Heard allegedly severed Depp’s finger while they were together.
With that being said, a verdict has officially been reached by the seven-person jury in Fairfax, Virginia on the third day of deliberations, and 13 hours of weighing in on the case.
After some initial confusion after the jury incorrectly filled out the jury form, they later returned with a verdict finding that Heard calling Depp a sexual abuser was defamation on all three counts.
The jury also decided to award Depp with $15 million in damages – $10 million in compensatory damages for his lost movie opportunities, and $5 million in punitive damages (although punitive damages are capped at $350k in Virginia, where the case is taking place).
But Johnny didn’t get off free and clear either: In Heard’s countersuit against Depp, the jury also found that Depp defamed Amber when his attorney, Adam Waldman, claimed that Heard set up Depp in a hoax when the police came to her apartment in 2016.
The jury awarded Heard only $2 million in compensatory damages and no punitive damages. They also dismissed Heard’s other claims of defamation against Depp.
The actor has always maintained his innocence, after Heard’s Washington Postessay where she claimed to have been sexually assaulted.