The verdict! After weeks of bombing testimony, heated exchanges with lawyers, surprising celebrity witnesses and the weight of everyone in the world, we finally know the results of the most controversial celebrity trial of the decade.
Johnny Depp Ex-lawsuit Amber Hard For his 2018 defamation The Washington Post Op-ed, which portrays her ex-husband as a “monster” of domestic abuse. He demanded $ 50 million, claiming that his article cost him a big job in Hollywood – which, of course, he did. But he also said that it was all a lie… and that this activity was at risk. It has become a real trial for Johnny to decide his guilt as an abuser – because it’s only defamation if it’s a lie.
Related: Read the concluding arguments of both parties
Amber, on the other hand, countered for 100 million, saying that painting her abuse allegations as fraud cost her more.
The Fairfax, Virginia jury was instructed to weigh the various elements of each statement in question after hearing the shocking new version of the incident – allegations never heard before, obvious inconsistencies, but unfortunately no specific evidence of a smoking gun. But in the end it all comes down to one thing: one of these people is lying about abuse.
The jury discussed for 12 hours and 45 minutes, but in the end they decided who to trust. And that person is.
That’s great! Wow wow wow.
The jury was specifically asked about three statements:
“I speak out against sexual violence – and face the wrath of our culture. That needs to change. “
“Two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and for all the women who speak out, I feel the full force of the wrath of our culture.”
“It was a rare advantage to see in real time how institutions protect men accused of abuse.”
The jury is set in a Consensus The decision that all three statements were defamatory – that they were about Johnny, were false, and that Amber wrote them with genuine hatred.
They paid Johnny 10 million in damages and 5 million in punitive damages, for a total of 15 million.
As for Amber’s countersuit? Surprisingly, they agreed that Amber called the statement defamatory – Johnny’s former attorney Adam Waldman He and his friends called the apartment “unlocked” to try to frame Johnny – was Also Defamatory! Waldman said:
“Quite simply, it was a surprise attack, a deception. They called the police and set up Mr Depp but the first attempt did not work out the strategy. Officers arrived at the penthouse, conducted a thorough search, and left without seeing any damage to the face or property. So Amber and her friends scoured the place with a little wine, got their stories straight at the behest of a lawyer and preacher, and then made a second call to 911. “
We assume that the jury did not buy the full details of a planned fraud and lying to the police? Although they were apparently good at the other two statements about the abuse being a “fraud”. Or at least, they didn’t Those To be defamatory
They paid Amber 2 million in damages and 0 in punitive damages.
So those two have won a little ??
Not really good. Johnny wins and loses to WAS Amber. He testified in court, before a unanimous jury, that he had knowingly lied about domestic violence and “sexual violence” against him. It was a huge victory for Johnny, who must have lost his defamation suit in the UK in 2020 However, collectively, this is clearly a huge blow to any woman who wants to speak out against a man in power.
Interestingly, the tension at a dramatic hearing had already escalated somewhat as the jury was first sent back to the negotiating room, the judge told them they had not filled out the form properly, failing to list how much compensation they were paying. .
Johnny was not present during the trial. She has already left for the UK for a pre-arranged concert with which she is performing Jeff Beck – and unscheduled hangouts with ex Kate Moss Apparently an Amber spokesman has made an excavation about it, saying:
“Your presence shows where your priorities are. Johnny Depp is playing the guitar in the UK while Amber Hard is awaiting trial in Virginia. Depp misses his humor and importance on the tour. “
He was watching live from the UK, watching a livestream with literally millions of viewers. We can’t wait to see what he has to say on this result.
What do you think, Perezcious paralegals ?? Was the justice fair ??
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