Amber Heard says she’s settled her defamation lawsuit with ex-husband Johnny Depp

amber heard settled a defamation lawsuit with her ex-husband, Johnny Deppaccording to a statement posted on her verification Instagram account.

Heard said she “didn’t admit it” and the settlement “wasn’t an act of concession”.

“I never chose this,” she wrote in her post. “I have defended my truth, and in doing so, my life as I know it has been ruined. The detractors I have faced on social media are an amplified version of the way that I am. women become victims when they come forward.”

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Amber Heard was ordered to pay Johnny Depp $15 million after a defamation lawsuit was brought in his favor. (AP)

She cited her experience with the US legal system as part of her decision to settle the case, noting that “extensive, direct evidence corroborates [her] testimonies were excluded” and that “popularity and power were more important than reason and due process”.

“I made this decision because I have lost faith in the American legal system, where my unprotected testimony is fed to entertainment and social media,” Heard said.

actress file an appeal in a defamation case earlier this month, but Heard said in his statement Monday that “even if [her] If the US appeal is successful, the best outcome will be a retrial in which a new jury will have to review the evidence.”

CNN has reached out to representatives for Heard and Depp for comment.

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“I simply can’t go through it a third time,” Heard said in her post, adding that she wants to spend her time “in an efficient and purposeful manner,” and can’t afford to “risk an impossible bill – a bill that’s not only financial but also psychological, physical and emotional”.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the 58th GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were married for 18 months before breaking up in 2016. (Getty)

Depp accused Heard of defaming him in a 2018 editorial she wrote for the magazine Washington Post.

The jury awarded Depp US$10 million (US$15 million) in punitive damages and US$5 million (US$7 million) in punitive damages. A Virginia judge reduced the fine to $350,000 (US$520,000) for statutory limits, CNN previously reported.

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Johnny Depp waves to supporters as he leaves a Virginia courthouse following his defamation victory in May. (AP)

The jury also awarded Heard $2 million (US$3 million) in punitive damages and no punitive damages for her cross-complaint, alleging defamation against with statements made by Depp’s attorneys about her abuse allegations.

“Women shouldn’t face abuse or bankruptcy for telling the truth, but unfortunately, that’s not uncommon,” Heard said. “I won’t be intimidated, discouraged or discouraged by what happened when I tell the truth. No one can and no one can take that away from me. My voice is forever an asset. most precious I have.”

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