Heard could not prove his accusations against Depp

Heard could not prove his accusations against Depp

 

The defamation case brought by actor Johnny Depp against his ex-wife, Amber Heard ended on Wednesday (1/6/2022) after seven jurors unanimously voted in favor of Depp.

But how did this case start?

Depp and Heard's relationship began more than a decade ago, and eventually turned into a seemingly toxic marriage.
The couple separated in 2016.
They fought in court over an opinion piece Heard wrote for The Washington Post in 2018.

In his writings, Heard recounts how he "survived" domestic violence - without naming Depp.

Depp is seeking damages of $50 million.
The jury unanimously found that Heard was unable to prove his allegations against Depp and that he knew his domestic violence claims were false when he published his writings.
The jury decided that Heard acted with malicious intent when writing his opinion.


The jury then awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million (punitive damages) in the defamation suit.
Heard has sued back for $100 million and said he was only violent with Depp in self-defense or defending his younger sister.

Heard's counterclaim centers around three statements Depp's former attorney Adam Waldman made in 2020 to the Daily Mail, in which Waldman Waldman described Heard's domestic violence allegations as "a hoax."

The jury found that Depp, through Waldman, had defamed Heard in one way or another.
The jury awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages, but $0 in punitive damages. Quoting NBC News, this is the history of Depp and Heard's relationship that led to the court case.

Depp and Heard met during the filming of "The Rum Diary," a film based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson.

Depp plays Paul Kemp, a journalist who moves to Puerto Rico and becomes obsessed with Chenault, played by Heard, who is engaged to a businessman.
Depp and Heard began dating, according to court documents from Heard.
That same year, Depp and his partner, Vanessa Paradis ended their 14-year relationship.

Heard was seen wearing an engagement ring, and Depp later appeared to confirm their engagement in an interview.
Finally, the engagement was confirmed in The Daily Mail.
Heard and Depp were secretly married.
However, a scandal broke out shortly after that happy day.
The couple has come under fire for smuggling their dogs, Pistol and Boo, into Australia.
The couple later released an apology video.
Heard was eventually charged with two counts of illegally importing the Pistol and Boo into Australia and one count of producing forged documents.
In May, Heard filed for divorce and was granted a temporary injunction against Depp.
Heard claimed that Depp had thrown the phone at him, bruising him.

"During our entire relationship, Johnny Depp has verbally and physically abused me," Heard said in a sworn statement.
"He has a 'short axis'. He is often paranoid and his emotions are very scary to me."
Heard wrote that he lives "in fear that Johnny will return home unannounced to terrorize me, physically and emotionally."
A judge rejected Heard's request that Depp attend anger management classes for a year and refused to extend a protective order to the couple's dogs.
Police have not filed charges against Depp, who also denies assaulting the actress.

Later, in a joint statement, the couple announced that they had finalized their divorce.
"Our relationship was passionate and turbulent at times, but always bound by love," the statement read, adding that Heard would donate any proceeds from the settlement to charity.
The couple's divorce process has been completed.
Heard writes an opinion column for The Washington Post.

In the op-ed, she wrote: "I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and I felt the full power of our culture's wrath against women who speak out."

Heard's article mentions her experiences with abuse from her childhood to adulthood.
No Depp's name in the writing.
At the heart of the article, Heard asks for support for women who have experienced domestic violence.
"We have the opportunity now to strengthen and build institutions that protect women."
"For starters, Congress could re-pass and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act," she wrote.

Depp sued Heard for libel, claiming the Post article was a ruse for Heard to gain a positive image for himself.
Depp also claimed that he was not a victim of domestic violence but the perpetrator.
Depp is seeking $50 million in damages.
Audio of Amber Heard allegedly saying she hit Depp was published by The Daily Mail.

Later, a defamation trial was held in England over the British newspaper "The Sun" for calling Depp a "wife-beater."

Depp is suing executive editor Dan Wootton and parent company The Sun News Group Newspapers.
Depp's ex-partner, Paradis, defended Depp by filing a statement saying that the actor was not an abusive person.
Depp filed claims that Heard had an affair with businessman Elon Musk and actor James Franco.
He also claims Heard put his own feces on their bed and physically abused him.

In November, the judge finally sided with The Sun.

"Victims of domestic violence should not be silenced and we thank the judge for his careful consideration and thank Amber Heard for her courage in presenting evidence to court," the paper said in a statement.
Following the ruling, Depp posted a statement on Instagram saying he had been asked to leave the "Fantastic Beasts" franchise.

"I would like to inform you that I have been asked to step down by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in 'Fantastic Beasts' and I have honored and agreed to that request," he wrote in the post.
Heard sued Depp back for $100 million. On April 11, the weeks-long libel trial began.
Heard and Depp appear in court in Fairfax County, Virginia.
In the opening statement of defense, attorney J. Benjamin Rottenborn read the entirety of Heard's post before a jury.
He told the jury that Heard was exercising his right to free speech.
On April 19, Depp gave statements and testified during a four-day trial.
Depp's lawyer presented evidence of Heard's alleged domestic violence.

While Heard's attorney focused on Depp's past drug and alcohol use, using text messages and recordings claiming Depp was violent.
While at trial, Depp claimed that Heard would spark an argument and increase their feud.
In early May, Heard fired his public relations firm, Precision Strategies.

Heard was reportedly frustrated by the negative coverage he received following Depp's testimony.
Heard's new team is led by David Shane.
During the first day of his testimony on May 4, Heard described a man who oscillated between active addiction and sobriety, which he said made it difficult for him to continue in a relationship.

Heard said that while on vacation with Depp in May 2013, Depp searched Heard looking for his cocaine.
Heard describes other examples of alleged domestic violence, including when Depp allegedly first hit him.
On May 24, Heard's team finished explaining the case.
Depp's team asked Circuit Court Judge Penney Azcarate to dismiss Heard's counterclaim, which was unsuccessful.

On May 25, Depp again testified.
"It's crazy to hear such heinous accusations of violence, sexual assault, that he was linked to me, that he accuses me," said Depp, when asked about what it was like to hear Heard's testimony.
"I don't think anyone enjoys having to split up and tell the truth, but there are times when someone has to because it gets out of hand."
"Terrible. Silly. Embarrassing. Funny. Painful. Wild. Incredibly brutal. Cruel. Um, and all fake. All fake."

Heard also returned to testify on May 26 before closing the argument.
He said he had been inundated with death threats from the start of the trial.
"Protecting secrets that I've been doing, as long as I've been doing it, has pretty much occupied my voice," Heard said.
"Johnny has taken enough of my voice and rights to tell my story."
"I have the right to say what happened ... I have the right as an American to talk about what happened to me."

"To have my story and my truth."
On May 27, the jury heard the closing arguments and began deliberations.
The jury, consisting of seven members and two substitutes, returned to deliberations on May 31 after the Memorial Day holiday.
On June 1, the jury reached its verdict.
The jury unanimously found that Heard defamed Depp, awarding him $5 million and $10 million in damages, respectively.

The jury also awarded Heard $2 million in damages in his counterclaim, but nothing in punitive damages.
After the verdict, Depp said the jury gave him his life back.
"From the very beginning, the purpose of bringing this case forward was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome."

"Speaking the truth is something I owe to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their stance to support me."
"I feel at peace knowing that I have finally achieved it."
Meanwhile, Heard said he was "heartbroken" by the decision.
"I am even more disappointed by what this ruling means to other women," her statement read.
"This is a throwback. It goes back in time to a time when a woman who spoke was publicly humiliated."
"It brings back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously."

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