Johnny Depp wins $15M in case v. Amber Heard
Johnny Depp faced a high bar to win his libel lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. According to seven unanimous jurors, he cleared it.
Depp said his ex-wife defamed him in a 2018 newspaper op-ed in which she alluded to abuse allegations against Depp.
His name was never mentioned.
The Virginia civil jury ruled in favour of Depp on all three of his counts Wednesday
finding that Heard had not only made false and defamatory statements but that she'd done so with "actual malice"
a higher threshold for cases involving public figures. Jurors concluded Depp should receive more than $10 million.
Depp's victory was not absolute, though. Jurors also concluded that part of Heard's counterclaim had merits.
They rejected two of Heard's three counts, but found she was defamed by a Depp lawyer
who accused her of roughing up their apartment to look worse for police.