Now, on Wednesday, the five-man, two-woman jury found that Heard had defamed Depp in her op-ed published in a newspaper. The jury awarded the ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ actor $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
Meanwhile, the jury found that Depp also made defamatory claims against his ex-wife and also awarded her compensatory damages of $2 million.
Later, she took to her social media and expressed that she is “heartbroken” by the verdict.
“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words,” she said in a statement. “I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband.
“I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women,” she said. “It is a setback. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously.”
— Amber Heard (@realamberheard) 1654112211000
Depp, who has been in England for the past few days, was not in court for the verdict in the high-profile trial that hinged on lurid claims and counterclaims of domestic abuse between the Hollywood celebrities.
Heard, who was married to Depp from 2015 to 2017, obtained a restraining order against him in May 2016, citing domestic violence.