The Verdict Is In: Johnny and Amber Both Won . . . but Johnny Won More
The jury ruled that JOHNNY DEPP and AMBER HEARD defamed each other. But Johnny was awarded $10 million and they gave Amber $2 million . . . so Johnny kinda won.
He said the jury gave him his life back, while Amber said she was "heartbroken" by the verdict.
Amber was in court for the verdict, Johnny was not.
The jury said that Amber defamed Johnny three different times in the 2018 op-ed she wrote for the "Washington Post". So they awarded him $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
But the case was tried in Virginia, where punitive damages are capped at $350,000. So Johnny only gets $10,350,000.
However, the jury awarded Amber $2 million in compensatory damages because Johnny's lawyer accused her and her friends of concocting a story for the cops. So ultimately, Amber owes Johnny $8,350,000.
Amber was obviously not happy with the verdict. She issued a statement saying, quote, "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... 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 should be taken seriously."
She also said it cost her the right to, quote, "speak freely and openly."
Obviously, Johnny had a different take. Quote, "[Today] the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled . . .
"From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me"
"I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that."
He added, quote, "I hope that my quest to have the truth be told will have helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those supporting them never give up."
He ended with the Latin phrase "Veritas numquam perit," which means "Truth never perishes."
There will be appeals and the possibility they could still settle out of court.