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Amber Heard settles Johnny Depp defamation lawsuit: ‘I never chose this’


Finally, the legal story between ex-wife Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has officially come to an end.

In a lengthy statement shared to Heard’s social media account on Monday, aquatic The actor confirmed she made the “very difficult decision” to settle the defamation lawsuit with Depp.

Heard, 36, writes: “It was important to me that I never chose this. “I defended my truth and in doing so, my life as I knew it was ruined.”

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In June, Heard lost 59-year-old Depp in a famous defamation lawsuit. He sued his ex-wife over a Washington Post editorial in which she called herself “a public figure representing domestic violence.”

A jury of seven in Fairfax, Va., ruled in Depp’s favor and awarded the actor $10 million in punitive damages and $5 million in punitive damages (later) that drops to $350,000, the maximum allowed by the state).

Heard was awarded $2 million in a judgment in favor of one of her three counterclaims. In the lawsuit, Heard and her lawyers accuse Depp of “indirect responsibility” for three statements made by the actor’s former lawyer, Adam Waldman, to British tabloid The Daily Mail.

Heard and Depp divorced in 2016 after a turbulent marriage. Both husband and wife claim to be victims of domestic violence.


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Rolling Stone reports that Depp will receive a $1 million payout from Heard’s insurance company.

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The outlet also sent a statement from Depp’s attorneys, Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez.

Depp’s lawyers wrote: “We are pleased to officially close this painful chapter for Mr. Depp, who has made it clear throughout the process that his priority is to bring the truth to light. “The unanimous decision of the jury and the ruling in Mr Depp’s favor against Ms. Heard remain in full force and effect. The $1 million payment — which Mr. Depp is pledging and will donate to charities — reinforces Ms. Heard’s acknowledgment of the conclusion of the strict legal system’s pursuit of justice. .”

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Additionally, Heard’s statement makes it clear that she does not believe justice has been served.

“I didn’t admit it. This is not an act of concession,” Heard clarified. “There are no restrictions or jokes on my voice going forward.”

Heard said the settlement, while not ideal, would give her “an opportunity to free myself from something I tried to give up over six years ago and with the conditions that I have.” may agree.”

In November, Depp issued a call for a victory in Heard’s counter-suit. Later that month, Heard filed his own appeal asking to either rescind Depp’s $10 million judgment or skip a new trial.

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In her statement, Heard claimed her “defamation” on social media “is an amplified version of how women are victimized.”

“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,” she wrote.

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Heard was referring to the UK trial between Depp and British tabloid The Sun that preceded the Virginia defamation case. Depp sued the newspaper after an article was published calling him a “wife beater”. He lost his trial when a UK judge decided The Sun’s claims were “fundamentally true”.

Heard testified in court to support The Sun’s claims.

“When I stood before a judge in the UK, I was vindicated by a strong, impartial and fair system where I was protected from having to give the worst moments of testimony. before the world’s media, and where the court found me. experienced domestic and sexual violence,” Heard continued.

“In the US, however, I have exhausted nearly all of my resources before and during a trial where I am faced with a courtroom, in which there is a great deal of direct, corroborating evidence. My testimony has been excluded and where fame and power are more important than reason and due process.”

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Heard wrote that she “faced a kind of humiliation that I cannot live with.”

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She concluded by thanking the legal team and her supporters.

“Any survivor knows that their ability to tell their story is often the only solace, and I cannot find enough words to tell you that the hope you have for me has inspired me. inspiration, not just for me but for all of you,” she said.

If you or someone you know is a victim of intimate partner violence or is involved in an abusive situation, please visit the Canadian Crime Victims Resource Center for help. . They can also be reached toll-free at 1-877-232-2610.

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