Following a court ruling in the defamation case brought against Amber Heard by Johnny Depp, the former has issued a statement.
The statement reads;
“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.
I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously.
I believe Johnny’s attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK.
I’m sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly”.
On Wednesday, June 1, 2022, Jurors found Amber Heard liable in the defamation trial brought by Johnny Depp, awarding him $15 million in damages.
The Jurors reached a verdict after six weeks of trial testimony and less than three days of deliberation.
The jury cleared Depp of two allegations levelled by Heard but did find in one case that he had defamed her.
Depp was then ordered to pay $2m for the defamation.