Why Did Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Sue Each Other For Defamation?
Depp sued Heard for defamation, alleging the claims made in her op-ed were false
and that he was the one being abused throughout their marriage.
He sued for $50 million in damages. Later, Heard filed a defamation countersuit for $100 million,
claiming statements Depp's lawyer Adam Waldman made about her abuse claims being a "hoax" ruined her career.
Her lawyers cited her diminished role in "Aquaman 2" and a decrease in other film opportunities throughout the trial.
On June 1, a Virginia jury returned a verdict finding Heard liable for defamation on all three of the statements made about Depp in her op-ed
awarding Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages
since Virginia law caps punitive damages at $350,000, the punitive damages were lowered accordingly
Depp was found liable for defamation for one out of three of Waldman's statements