Johnny Depp won his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. He was awarded $10 million in compensation and $350,000 in punitive damages. The Pirates of the Caribbean star issued a statement after the verdict was announced.
“Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported and believed in me, were forever changed. All in the blink of an eye,” Depp wrote. “False, very serious and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me,” he continued. “It had already traveled around the world twice within a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career. And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled.”
Amber Heard was awarded $2 million in compensation in her counter suit. Heard also issued a statement after the verdict. “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.”