For her work in Never Back Down (2007), Drive Angry (2011), The Rum Diary (2011), and for portraying Mera in Aquaman (2018) and its forthcoming 2023 sequel, Amber Heard is an American actress. ACLU Women’s Rights Ambassador and Human Rights Champion for the UN’s OHCHR has appointed her to their respective boards of trustees.
Heard wed Johnny Depp in 2015 and divorced him in 2017. During the course of their divorce, Heard claimed that Depp had been abusive to her. In 2018, Depp filed a libel suit against the proprietors of the British tabloid The Sun, accusing Heard of sexual assault and harassment. In 2020, a judge found that a newspaper report claiming that Johnny Depp had assaulted Amber Heard was largely accurate. At the beginning of 2019, Depp sued Heard for defamation because of an op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post about sexual and domestic abuse. Heard responded to Depp’s lawsuit in 2020 by filing a countersuit.
An Outraged Amber Heard Has Responded to Johnny Depp’s Defamation Trial Win: My Heart Is Aching
On Wednesday, Amber Heard delivered a statement in response to Johnny Depp’s defamation victory, expressing concern for other domestic violence victims.
‘The disappointment I feel today is beyond words,’ Heard stated in a statement that EW acquired and that she also shared on social media. It breaks my heart that the avalanche of evidence I provided could not hold a candle to my ex-unjustly husband’s acquired dominance, influence, and sway.”
The actress went on to say, “I’m much more unhappy because of what this judgment signifies for other women. “It’s a setback in the process. A woman who spoke out and spoke out may be publicly embarrassed and humiliated, and this turns the clock back to a time when that was possible. There is a setback in taking violence against women seriously because of this.”
When Heard wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post on her experience as a domestic abuse survivor in 2018, she deliberately and knowingly defamed her ex-husband, according to a jury that deliberated for six weeks in Virginia. Punitive damages of $5 million were added to the compensatory damages of $10 million given to Depp. Heard won a tiny success in her defamation countersuit when the jury awarded her $2 million in damages.
I believe Johnny’s attorneys succeeded in convincing the jury to overlook freedom of expression and evidence that was so conclusive we won in the UK,” Heard added, recalling the libel trial Depp lost against The Sun in 2020. “I’m heartbroken to have lost this case. In addition, I’m saddened to learn that I’ve apparently lost the ability to share my mind openly and freely as an American citizen.”
Finally, she said: “I’m heartbroken to have lost this case. Even more upsetting is the fact that I’ve lost what I took for granted as an American: the freedom to express myself without fear of retribution.” During a six-week trial in Virginia, the jury deliberated for 13 hours before reaching its judgment, which was based on the testimony of the prosecution and defense. Johnny Depp was given a total of $10 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages for his actions. The jury awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages in her countersuit.
58-year-old Johnny Depp sued Heard in March 2019 for $50 million after she penned an essay for the Washington Post in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Depp’s lawyers have previously claimed that Heard’s op-ed was part of an “elaborate fraud,” stating that she “concocted the story in hopes of generating positive attention and to further her career,” despite the post never mentioning the Pirates of the Caribbean alum by name.
As a countersuit, she sued Depp for $100 million, claiming that after she was granted a temporary restraining order, Depp had “unlawfully targeted” her in an “ongoing harassment and online defamation campaign.”
When asked why she wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post, Heard said she hoped they could move on after the trial. It was on Instagram in April that she posted on the price women face for speaking out against males in authority. “I continue to pay that price, but perhaps after this case is over, I and Johnny will be able to go on.”
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