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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial: actress found guilty of defamation must pay 15M dollars to her ex-husband

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The seven jurors reached a joint decision. The verdict has just fallen this Wednesday, June 1. Amber Heard is ordered to pay significant damages to her ex-husband.

End of the suspense: the verdict has just fallen this Wednesday, June 1, 2022 after seven weeks of debate. The jury has decided to find Amber Heard guilty of defamation “with willful intent” and malicious intent against Johnny Depp. The actor will receive financial compensation of 15 million dollars.

The jurors, on the other hand, considered that the star of “Pirates of the Caribbean”, 58, had not defamed his ex-wife by qualifying, through the voice of his lawyer, his accusations as a “hoax”. They nevertheless agreed with him on certain aspects and awarded him compensation of two million dollars.

\ud83d\udd34 Johnny Depp is also found guilty of defamation against Amber Heard and is ordered to pay the actress $ 2 million pic.twitter.com/lNwHDnSiOv

— BFMTV (@BFMTV) June 1, 2022

Johnny Depp did not attend the hearing during which the verdict was rendered, unlike Amber Heard, 36, who claimed 100 million dollars for his part. “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words,” the former model said as she walked out of court in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Why this lawsuit?

As a reminder, at the origin of the trial, a forum published in 2018, where Amber Heard evokes domestic violence without mentioning the name of Johnny Depp. The 58-year-old actor, who has always denied the violence against his ex-wife, felt targeted and immediately filed a defamation complaint, claiming the tidy sum of $ 50 million in damages.

In return, Amber Heard also filed a complaint for the same reasons, claiming 100 million dollars. The damages received by both are therefore far from these amounts.

High pressure

The deliberation began last Friday and was particularly difficult to take due to the complexity of the case and a trial with twists and turns that fascinated America. For seven weeks, the two ex-spouses tore themselves apart under the eyes of the whole world, revealing the smallest detail of their private lives. According to BFMTV, the pressure is so strong that the identity of the seven jurors will be hidden for more than a year.

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It should also be noted that Amber Heard had become the target of harassment on social networks. Accused by public opinion of lying, clips, hijackings, insults and death threats have been spread on the web against her. A real stress relief, as the United States are used to.

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