Johnny Depp wins defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard

June 2, 2022

Hollywood actor Johnny Depp was awarded $15 million in the defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. Depp sued Heard for $50 million in damages over a 2018 essay published in The Washington Post, where she said she had become a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
The much-talked-about libel case exposed the former couple’s troubled marriage. The six-week trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court turned into a contentious battle between Depp and Heard over the truth about what happened in their marriage, which ended in 2016. Both Heard and Depp accused each other of repeated physical abuse throughout their relationship.
During the hearing, Amber Heard said Depp would become a physically and sexually abusive “monster” during alcohol- and drug-fueled binges and resisted her repeated efforts to curb his drinking and drug use.
Depp testified that it was Heard who was frequently violent and said it has been “brutal” to listen to “outlandish” accusations of domestic abuse made against him.
Depp, who lost a libel case in London in 2020 against The Sun for calling him a “wife-beater,” celebrated the verdict as a victory and said the jury “gave me my life back.”
Shortly after the jury concluded the case, Heard said in a statement that she was disappointed “beyond words”.
Amber Heard Said, “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. 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.”