Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have settled for defamation

Actor Amber Heard Testifies At Her Libel Trial Accusing Johnny Depp Of Physical And Sexual Assault

Actor Amber Heard testifies at her libel trial, accusing Johnny Depp of physical and sexual assault. (Photo: Reuters)

Amber Heard announced that she has settled her defamation case against Johnny Depp.

The surprise move comes weeks after the actress’s lawyers officially appealed the June verdict, in which a Virginia jury found the pirates of the Caribbean star over $10 million. Heard said on Monday that she “made a very difficult decision after much deliberation” to settle down. The actress went on to denounce the US justice system in her lengthy statement, saying she “cannot relive” the kind of humiliation she was subjected to during the six-week trial.

“It is important for me to say that I never chose this. I defended my truth and in doing so my life as I knew it was destroyed. The slander I have faced on social media is an amplified version of the way women are victimized again. when they come forward. Now I finally have a chance to emancipate myself from something that I tried to leave more than six years ago,” said the Aquarius star continued, referring to her very public divorce from Depp in 2016 when she accused him of abuse.

Depp has not publicly commented on the $1 million settlement, according to TMZ. A representative for the actor did not respond to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment.

Heard, 36, noted that her statement is “not an act of concession” and “there are no restrictions or jokes regarding my voice moving forward.”

Depp sued Heard for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post. Although the actress never mentioned her ex-husband, she wrote about being a victim of physical and sexual violence. A jury agreed that it is reasonable to conclude that the person was Depp. The ruling meant that a jury did not believe Heard had been emotionally or physically abused, not even once — not even after the star’s emotional testimony on the stand.

In her statement, Heard said she was “losing faith in the American justice system, where my unprotected testimony served as entertainment and fodder for social media.”

While Depp won all three of his defamation claims, Heard won one of her counterclaims and was awarded $2 million. However, the verdict was regarded as a resounding victory for the actor and directly contradicted a 2020 ruling in the UK. dozens of occasions.

“When I went before a judge in the UK, I was upheld by a robust, impartial and fair system, where I was protected from the worst moments of my testimony to the world’s media, and where the court ruled that I was subjected to domestic and sexual violence,” she continued in Monday’s statement. “In the U.S., however, I exhausted nearly all of my resources prior to and during a trial in which I was subjected to a courtroom where abundant, direct evidence that my testimony was disfellowshipped and in which popularity and power were more important than reason. and fair process. In the meantime, I was subjected to a kind of humiliation that I just can’t relive. Even if my appeal is successful in the US, the best outcome would be a new trial where a new jury would have to consider age of evidence. I just can’t go through that a third time.”

Johnny Depp gestures to supporters in court on May 27, 2022.

Johnny Depp gestures to supporters in court on May 27, 2022. (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)

Heard, who welcomed a daughter in 2021, said that by settling this case she “chooses the freedom to dedicate my time to the work that helped me heal after my divorce; work that exists in realms in which I feel seen, heard and believed.” feel and in what I know I can effect change.”

“I will not be threatened, discouraged or discouraged by what happened to speak the truth. No one can and will take that away from me. My voice will forever be the most valuable asset I have,” she continued.

Heard thanked her lawyers and supporters.

“Every survivor knows that the opportunity to tell their story often feels like the only relief,” she concluded. “I can’t find enough words to tell you how much hope your faith inspires in me. Not just for me, but for all of you.”

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