Johnny Depp wins defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard

Hollywood actor, Johnny Depp has won the defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, legally freeing him from Heard’s claims that she was abused by him before and during their brief marriage.

The ruling was held at the courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on Wednesday. The seven-person civil jury, made of five men and two women, returned their verdict.

The jury ruled that Heard must pay compensation worth $10 million and $5 million to Johnny Depp for defaming him in the authorship of an op-ed in The Washington Post.

They found that Heard acted with actual malice in the publishing of the op-ed in The Washington Post.

Depp was also found guilty on some counts of defamation in Heard’s countersuit against him and has been asked to pay $2 million in compensation.

Depp had sued Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post, referring to herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”

Depp claimed defamation, though his name was not explicitly mentioned. He sued Heard for $50 million and Heard filed a $100 million counterclaim against him after his lawyer called her allegations a hoax.

The trial, which has carried on for six weeks, has revealed details of their marriage. Heard testified that she was physically or sexually assaulted more than a dozen times by Depp, who denied the abuse allegations.

He accused her of physically attacking him, multiple times.

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