Johnny Depp wins Amber Heard defamation trial as jury finally reaches verdict

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The jury in the defamation case launched by Johnny Depp against his former wife Amber Heard have given their verdict to a Virginia courthouse.

Johnny Depp has won the multimillion dollar lawsuit against his ex-wife.

Over the last six weeks, the Hollywood stars have been at loggerheads after Depp, 58, launched a civil defamation case against his ex-wife, suing her for $50million (£40million).

He was handed $15million (£12million) in damages.

It came after she wrote an opinion piece in 2018, detailing her experiences with domestic abuse.

Jurors were sent out on Friday, May 27 to consider their verdict after witnesses including Kate Moss took to the stand.

It was confirmed on Wednesday (June 1) that the jury reached a verdict on the third day of deliberations and it was delivered to the Fairfax Courthouse in Virginia.

Depp was in the UK at the time of the verdict being read, performing on tour alongside British guitarist Jeff Beck – though a source said he planned to watch the verdict being read from across the pond.

A source told Law & Crime in a statement: "Due to previously scheduled work commitments made before the trial, Mr Depp will not be physically present for today’s 3pm verdict and will be watching from the United Kingdom."

As the jury were brought into the chambers, it emerged they hadn't filled out the damages section of the verdict form – which must be at least $1 (80p).

Judge Azcarate instructed them to return to the the deliberation room to complete these forms.

The article in question, initially published by the Washington Post does not name Mr Depp but legal representatives for Heard say it is protected by freedom of speech.

Lawyers for Depp say it "falsely implies" that she was a victim of abuse during their marriage.

In his closing statement, Amber's legal representative Benjamin Rottenborn claimed a verdict in favour of Depp would demonstrate that abuse victims would "always need to do more".

He told the court: "The facts are absolutely overwhelming, of abuse.

"Mr Depp simply cannot prove to you that he never once abused Amber, and if you don’t know, you have to return a verdict for Ms Heard.

"A ruling against Amber here sends the message that no matter what you do as an abuse victim you always need to do more.

"No matter what you document you always have to document more, no matter who you tell you always have to tell more people.

"No matter how honest you are about your own imperfections and shortcomings in a relationship you need to be perfect in order for people to believe you."

Meanwhile, Johnny's lawyer Camille Vasquez said that the alleged "mountain" of episode claiming Depp assaulted Heard was "simply not there".

She told the jury: "There is an abuser in this courtroom but it is not Mr Depp, there is a victim of domestic abuse in this courtroom, but it is not Ms Heard.

"It is disturbing to think Ms Heard would make up the horrific tales of abuse that she testified to in this courtroom.

"What Ms Heard testified to in this courtroom is a story of far too many women, but the overwhelming evidence and weight of that evidence is that it is not her story.

|It is not Ms Heard's story. It was an act of profound cruelty not just to Mr Depp, but to true survivors of domestic abuse for Ms Heard to hold herself out as a public figure representing domestic abuse.

"It was false, it was defamatory and it caused irreparable harm."

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