Johnny Depp’s $50m defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard begins

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s sensational court showdown has come to a close, with a jury ruling in favour of the Pirates of the Caribbean star.

The spectacular legal battle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has ended, with a jury declaring in favor of the Pirates of the Caribbean actor.

After a jury determined that Heard “acted with genuine malice,” she was forced to pay Depp US$10 million (A$14 million) in defamation compensatory damages and US$5 million in punitive damages.

The jury did, however, agree with one part of Heard’s claim — that Depp’s lawyer defamed her when he dubbed her abuse accusations a fake — and gave her US$2 million (A$2.78 million) in compensation and no punitive damages.

“We are grateful, incredibly thankful,” attorney Camille Vasquez told reporters, “to the jury for their thorough consideration, to the judge and the court personnel who have given an incredible amount of time and resources to this case.”

In a statement, Heard expressed her “heartbroken” over the judgment.

“I can’t express how disappointed I am today. “I’m devastated that the amount of evidence was insufficient to overcome my ex-enormous husband’s power, influence, and sway,” Heard said.

Depp and Heard met on the set of their film “The Rum Diary” in 2009 and married for two years before separating in 2016.

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