Johnny Depp wins US legal battle with Amber Heard after 6-week painful trial

Johnny Depp has won his case against former Amber Heard after a sensational six-week trial in the US.

The jury has ruled in favor of the 58-year-old actor after weeks of testimony from Depp himself, Heard, friends of the pair, expert witnesses and even Depp’s former partner, supermodel Kate Moss .

Depp was awarded $10m (£8m) in damages and another $5m (£4m) in punitive damages.

As the verdict was read this afternoon, Hurd was in tears and stared down at the table.

She was awarded $2 million in damages after proving one of her counterclaims to a jury.

After the sentencing, Ms Heard said she was “heartbroken” by the ruling, adding that she was “even more saddened” that she had “lost” her right to “freely and publicly speak”.

“The disappointment I feel today is indescribable. I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence is still insufficient to resist the disproportionate power, influence and influence of my ex-husband,” she said in a statement.

“I am even more disappointed by what this verdict means for other women.

“It’s a setback. It throws time backwards to a time when women who speak up and speak out could be publicly shamed and humiliated.

“It overturns the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.

“I believe Johnny’s lawyers have succeeded in getting the jury to ignore the crucial issue of free speech and ignore the decisive evidence of our victory in the UK.

“I’m sorry I lost the case. But it’s even more sad that I seem to have lost the right I thought I had as an American — to speak freely and publicly.”

Depp sued Heard, 36, for defamation in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she wrote about alleged domestic violence she suffered, even though she did not name her ex-husband’s name.

He is demanding more than £38million, saying her domestic abuse allegations all but ended his career and ruined his reputation.

Depp has denied having physically or sexually assaulted Heard.

The Aquaman actress counter-sued Depp for almost £78m, saying his legal team had falsely accused her of fabricating claims against the actor.

During the trial, the jury heard how the couple met on the set of the film “The Rum Diary” and then began their relationship on a press tour in 2011.

They married in 2015 and celebrated with friends and family on Depp’s private island in the Bahamas.

In May, Hurd filed for divorce.

During the trial, Hurd detailed the physical assaults Depp allegedly carried out, including on a private jet in front of staff.

She also described the alleged sexual assault, claiming Depp penetrated her with a bottle during a night of violence and rage in Australia, conducted a “cavity search” on her while they were on holiday in the US, and then passed her through in the Bahamas swimsuit, “inserts his fingers” inside her.

The trial also saw footage of Depp kicking and smashing kitchen cabinets.

Johnny Depp
Pirates of the Caribbean actor in court

Depp came forward for the first time at the trial, describing how the allegations affected him.

“If one day you’re Cinderella, then 0.6 seconds later you’re Quasimodo, that’s weird,” he said.

“I don’t deserve it, my kids don’t deserve it, neither do the people who have believed in me all these years. I don’t want any of these people to believe that I did them wrong or that I’m a liar.

“I’m proud of my honesty. I’m proud of my truth. The truth is the only thing I’m interested in.

Amber Heard at the booth
Amber Heard at the booth

“A lie will get you nowhere, but a lie is built on a lie, and a lie is built on a lie. I’m obsessed with the truth.”

The last time Heard came forward, she said she had received thousands of death threats since the trial began.

With tears in her eyes, she continued: “I just want Johnny to leave me alone. I just want him to leave me alone. I’ve been saying this for years.”

When asked what she would like to take back “when this is all over”, Amber said she “has the right to tell my story” and: “I want to get my voice back.”