Depp verdict: Actor wins libel case as Heard grants counterclaim
Johnny Depp emerged victorious in his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard after three days of jury deliberations, which also earned Heard a partial victory in his countersuit.
Depp sued Heard for $50 million for suggesting he abused her in 2018Washington Post editorial. Although she did not name him, he says her allegations have impacted his ability to work. She sued for a $100 million counterclaim.
The jury determined that Heard defamed Depp on all three counts and awarded him $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages.
The “humiliated” actor thanked the jury for giving him back his life. He is currently playing gigs on a UK tour with Jeff Beck, where the actor told fans he was “still in shock”. The Pirates of the Caribbean The star also launched a TikTok account following her victory and thanked her supporters.
In a statement, Heard expressed her “disappointment beyond words” and said she was heartbroken, saying the verdict was a “setback” for women. She has decided to appeal the verdict and is “unable to pay” the damages. Celebrities who have spoken out in his defense have been bombarded with negative comments by Depp fans.
Trial reporter denies ‘partying’ with Depp
The stenographer who chronicled Depp and Heard’s defamation lawsuit has been engulfed in a social media storm after footage of her hugging the Pirates actor went viral.
In the video, court reporter Judy Bellinger was seen hugging Depp after the two sides presented their closing arguments on May 27.
Ms Bellinger was forced to defend herself after Heard supporters claimed the footage was evidence of bias.
The Independents Gustaf Kilander reports:
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Lawyer heard ‘tremendous amount of evidence was suppressed’ during trial
A lawyer representing Amber Heard in his defamation suit against Johnny Depp spoke out after the verdict to say “an enormous amount of evidence was suppressed” during the weeks-long trial.
Lawyer Elaine Bredehoft appeared on Today’s show Thursday morning, a few hours after a jury finds Ms Heard defamed Mr Depp on the three counts in his lawsuit against her regarding a 2018 op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post to be a victim of domestic violence.
The jury also ruled in favor of one of Ms. Heard’s three countersuit demands, determining that Mr. Depp’s attorney had called her abuse allegations against her ex-husband a hoax.
Olivier O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 05:01
Heard “unable to pay” the millions in damages
Amber Heardlawyer says her client won’t be able to pay the millions in damages she owes to Johnny Depp after a jury determined she defamed her estranged husband during the weeks-long trial.
Speaking a day after the verdict was delivered, attorney Elaine Bredehoft told Savannah Guthri during her appearance on NBCit is Today’s show that his client is “absolutely unable” to pay the $8.35 million in damages that the Pirates of the Caribbean the actor won after a jury deliberated for three days after the closely watched and widely panned trial.
Johanna Chisholm reports:
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Celebrities overwhelmed by Johnny Depp fans after showing support for Amber Heard
Among those targeted online are actors Mia Farrow and Edward Norton.
Olivier O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 03:00
How much do Depp and Amber Heard owe each other?
Depp prevailed in his $50m (£40m) defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard on domestic abuse charges last week.
A seven-person civil jury in Virginia found that Ms Heard defamed the Pirates of the Caribbean and fantastic beasts star when she implied he abused her in a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post.
The jury also upheld one of Ms Heard’s three claims in a $100million countersuit against Mr Depp and his lawyer, who called her initial allegations in 2016 an ‘ambush’ and ‘hoax’. .
Neither side got the full amount they wanted.
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Heard’s sister breaks her silence after the verdict
Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez, took to Instagram on Sunday to say she was “proud” of the Aquaman actor despite last week’s verdict.
“Yesterday, today and tomorrow, I will always be proud of you for standing up for yourself, for testifying both here in Virginia and in the UK, and for being the voice of so many who cannot speak about the things that happen behind closed doors,” Henriquez, who testified at the trial, wrote.
“We knew this was going to be a tough battle and the cards were against us. But you got up and spoke anyway.
The Independents Annabel Nugent reports:
Olivier O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 01:00
Heard’s Appeal Options: Proof Issues
Speaking to Clemence Michallon about appeal options, Law & Crime Network host and attorney Jesse Weber pointed to statements made by Heard attorney Elaine Bredehoft in post-trial interviews seeking to outline the possible strategies for Ms. Heard’s legal team.
“The arguments on appeal focus on what Heard considers to be incorrect legal rulings by the judge. That’s why it’s so important to make objections and motions during the trial to preserve those issues on appeal,” he said.
“Based on Elaine Bredehoft’s comments after the verdict, it appears they will focus on evidence that was ‘suppressed’ at trial, such as medical records, and possibly prejudicial evidence from [Mr Depp] was allowed to be presented. It also seems [Ms Heard’s team] challenged the fact that the British decision, in which a judge found several cases of abuse by [Mr Depp]could not be presented to the jury.
Mr. Depp continued The sunin 2018 under a title that called him a “wife beater”. A judge ruled against him in the UK case in 2020.
Lawyers for Ms Heard “could also argue that there were issues with the jury/jury instruction form,” Mr Weber added.
Olivier O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 12:00 a.m.
Depp and Jeff Beck spend $60,000 on Indian dinner
Depp and Jeff Beck racked up a huge bill at an Indian restaurant in Birmingham after the actor won the libel suit.
On Sunday June 5, the couple closed the Varanasi restaurant to the public as they were reportedly joined by 20 other friends to share a meal.
According TMZthe restaurant’s operations manager, Mohammed Hussain, said Depp’s final bill was around £50,000 ($60,000) in total.
In an Instagram post, the restaurant shared some photos, along with a caption that read, “The most talked about person on the planet right now joined us for dinner last night!”
The Independents Inga Parkel reports:
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Will Johnny Depp return to the Pirates franchise after winning his libel suit?
At the end of 2019, it was announced that Disney would move forward with the development of a script for a Pirates of the Caribbean to restart.
At the time, it had not been officially announced whether Johnny Depp would be attached to the new project.
Here’s what we know about the future of the franchise:
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Fan sparks debate by getting tattoo of Depp’s lawyer
A women drew mixed reactions online after giving himself a tattoo of Deppit is lawyerCamilla Vasquez.
Throughout the six-week trial, Vasquez became one of the best known characters on the case. Since then, she has garnered a huge amount of attention online and been celebrated on Twitter and Instagram. Rumors also swirled that she was dating Depp, which Vasquez mocked and declined to answer further.
In a recent video shared on TikTok, Jazzmyn Wollfe, documented how she got “a Camille Vasquez tattoo.” She first showed a silhouette of the lawyer, drawn on a piece of paper, standing in front of a microphone. Under the portrait, Wollfe wrote “OBJECTION”.
The Independents Amber Raiken reports:
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