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Johnny Depp wins!

After three days of deliberation the long awaited verdict has been handed, Johnny Depp has won his defamation case against Amber Heard and Heard has a partial win on one account of her counter claim.

To recap, Depp sued Heard for $50 million for Heard implying Depp was abusive to her impacting his ability to work.

Heard counterclaimed for $100 million saying Depp smeared her by calling her a liar.

The jury found that Heard defamed Depp on all three counts and awarded him $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

Heard was awarded $2m in compensatory damages, but no punitive damages. The jury found Heard's statements about her marriage were "false" and she acted with "actual malice”.

The jury also found that Depp’s attorney made false and disparaging statements about Heard, awarding her $2m in compensatory damages.

To reach this conclusion, the jury had to discredit Heard’s testimony almost in its entirety.

Heard spent days on the stand detailing a variety of abuse she claims she suffered from Depp and perhaps she went too far.

Much of Heards testimony was contradicted by Depp and perhaps more importantly other witnesses.

The Jurors also found that Depp defamed Heard through his attorney and awarded her $2 million.

In a statement, Heard says she is "heartbroken" and "the disappointment I feel today is beyond words".

Heard has just announced that she will appeal the jury’s verdict so watch this space.

 

 

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