A verdict in the Depp-Heard trial
The jury found Heard defamed him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed – she didn’t name him but wrote about being “a public figure representing domestic abuse”. That statement was false, malicious, and specifically referenced her relationship with Depp. As for compensation, Depp was looking for $50 million but has been awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. The jury also found Depp’s lawyer defamed Heard on one count of 3, and she’s been awarded $2 million in compensatory damages. Heard had countersued Depp for $100 million, and she’s tweeted that she’s “heartbroken” by the decision.
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