The 58-year-old filed a $50 million lawsuit against his ex-wife over an article she wrote for the Washington Post in 2018, talking about her experience with domestic abuse.
His team argued that it implied he was physically and sexually abusive during their relationship despite not being named in the op-ed, and Heard countersued for $100 million in return.
After a six-week trial and 13 hours of deliberation, a jury found in favor of the Pirates of the Caribbean actor on Wednesday. awarding him a total of $15 million.
Appearing on the Today Show to discuss the verdict, Elaine Bredehoft criticized the result as a ‘setback’ for women who have spoken out against domestic abuse.
Asked if the Aquaman actress, who was awarded $2 million in her countersuit, would be able to pay damages, the attorney replied: “Oh no, absolutely not.”
Bredehoft also said that the 36-year-old will ‘absolutely’ appeal the verdicttelling the host: ‘She has excellent reasons for it.
“We had even tried to get the UK ruling to dismiss his case, because he already had his chance, and that’s one of the problems. But also a series of evidentiary questions, there was so much evidence that it did not arrive.
“The court found there, and we weren’t allowed to tell the jury this, but the court found that Mr. Depp had committed at least 12 acts of domestic violence, including sexual violence, against Amber.
“We had a huge amount of evidence that was suppressed in this case, that was in the UK case.”
Bredehoft insisted that Heard was ‘demonised’ over the ‘zoo’ case on social media, describing the ‘unbalanced’ reaction as ‘horrible’.
“One of the first things he said is that I’m so sorry for all those women,” he said of Heard’s reaction to the result. This is a mishap. For all women in and out of the courtroom. And she feels the burden of that.
It’s a horrible message. It’s a setback, a significant setback because that’s exactly what it means.
“Unless you take out your phone and videotape your spouse or partner hitting you, sure enough, they won’t believe you.”
After the lengthy trial, the jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and another $5 million in punitive damages, for a total of $15 million.
However, Judge Penney Azcarate reduced Depp’s $5 million punitive damages to instead award $350,000, the maximum in Virginia. He also has to pay Heard the $2 million in compensatory damages he was awarded, so he walks away with $8.35 million in total damages.
Reacting to the verdict after leaving court, Heard said in a statement: “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words.” I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was still not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and influence of my ex-husband.
“I am even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It’s a setback. It turns back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke up could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It pushes back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.’
She continued: “I think Johnny’s lawyers succeeded in getting the jury to miss the key issue of free speech and ignore evidence that was so compelling that we won in the UK.”
“I am sad because I lost this case. But I am even sadder because I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American: to speak freely and openly.
depth skipped court appearance to go to a party in the UKand added in his own statement: ‘Six years ago, my life, the lives of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported me and believed in my. they changed forever.
All in the blink of an eye. False, very serious and criminal allegations were made against me through the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. I had already circled the globe twice in a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and career.
‘And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I feel truly honored.
He continued: ‘My decision to pursue this case, knowing full well the height of the legal hurdles I would face and the inevitable world spectacle in my life, was only made after much thought.
“From the beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Telling the truth was something I owed to my children and to all those who have stood firm in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing that I have finally made it.
I am, and have been, overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and the colossal support and kindness from everyone. I hope that my quest for the truth to be told has helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those who support them never give up. I also hope that the position will now return to innocent until proven otherwise, both within the courts and in the media.
“I want to acknowledge the noble work of the judge, jurors, court staff and bailiffs who have sacrificed their own time to get to this point, and my diligent and unwavering legal team who did an extraordinary job in helping me share the truth.
‘The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun. Veritas numquam perit. The truth never perishes.
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