Recently, the entire country, and even the world, was caught into a Deep-Heard frenzy as the two actors and former spouses went through an extensive and intense court trial. Johnny Deep sued Heard on the grounds that she defamed him in an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post. The trial was broadcast on Court TV and according to Vanity Fair, the channel’s ratings had doubled as a huge number of people closely followed the accusations the exes threw at each other.
Not only ordinary people, but fellow actors and people close to both Depp and Heard were eager to learn the outcome. On June 1, the verdict was finally reached.
Johnny Depp won on all three counts of defamation. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor received $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. However, Judge Penney Azcarate reduced the punitive damages to meet the state’s limit of $350,000.
Amber Heard on the other hand won on one count and will receive $2 million in compensatory damages.
As expected, both of them released statements following the verdict.
Heard wrote that she was disappointed and heartbroken, claiming that her ex’s power, influence, and sway was to blame for her loss.
“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 up could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously,” she added.
“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 U.K.
“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.”
In his statement, Depp thanked the juries for giving him his life back.
Both statements were read and commented on by a huge number of people, including other celebs.
However, what attracted the attention of many was the Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa’s reaction. He pressed “Likes” on both statements and it raised eyebrows. Many believe that this means he wants to keep his neutral position or he’s simply glad the trial is over. Momoa has not publicly taken side in the trial that pitted the two actors against each other, unlike other celebs such as Amy Schumer who supported Heard, or model Naomi Campbell who responded to Depp’s statement with a heart emojy.
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