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A jury in Virginia on Wednesday found both actor Johnny Depp and his actress ex-wife Amber Heard guilty of defaming each other. However, the seven-member jury sided overwhelmingly in favor of Depp, awarding the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star $15 million in damages while only awarding $2 million in damages to his former spouse, the Rolling Stone reported.
The jury's decision officially brings to an end the highly publicized trial, which began when Depp filed a $50 million lawsuit against Heard, claiming she publicly defamed him by insinuating he abused her in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed.
In response, Heard filed a $100 million counterclaim, alleging that Depp ruined her reputation by claiming she was a liar for voicing allegations of sexual violence against him.
Depp, who was reportedly seen performing at a concert in the U.K. earlier this week was not present inside the courtroom when the verdict was read.
Following the decision, he issued a statement that read: "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 It had already traveled around the world twice within a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career."
"Six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled," he added.
Heard issued a statement of her own, noting, "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. I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. 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 is to be taken seriously. I believe Johnny’s attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK. I’m sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American — to speak freely and openly," she said.
The trial, which quickly devolved into a media firestorm, took approximately six weeks to complete and involved dozens of witnesses — including model Kate Moss, actor Ellen Barkin, doctors, friends, and family members, The Hill reported.
It featured several moments of explosive testimony from both Heard and Depp as the former couple traded barbs and divulged intimate details about their raucous marriage.
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