Depp sued Heard for $50 million (£40.1 million) for allegedly implying that he abused her in 2018 Washington Post opinion article. Although she did not name him, he claims that her accusations affected her ability to work (an expert who spoke at trial this week claimed that the op-ed basically had no impact on Depp’s career).
Heard had filed a countersuit accusing Depp of allegedly orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her and describing her own suit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment.”
On Wednesday (June 1), the jury shared their verdicts and found that Heard had defamed Depp on all three counts.
He was required to award $10 million (£8 million) in compensatory damages and $5 million (£4 million) in punitive damages. Heard was found to have partially won her case and received $2 million (£1.6 million) in compensatory damages, but no punitive damages.
Throughout the trial, Depp’s fans had made much more noise than Heard’s. At the time of writing, he almost 4.3 million people have signed the petition have heard removed from aquaman 2, Y celebrities like Winona Ryder and Javier Bardem had explicitly expressed its support.
Chris Rock even joked onstage that we should “believe all women, but not Amber Heard.” to considerable backlash.
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The actor, who plays Nereus in the films, told Redline Steel CEO Colin Wayne: “She was great. I worked with her on the first Aquaman, now on the second. We shot last fall in London.”
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He continued; “She is great, I had a great experience with her. She is very kind, kind to the team, kind to everyone, down to earth. She had her newborn baby with her on set with the nanny, which was pretty cute.”
heard before condemned the campaign to remove her from the film and denied that the outcome of Depp’s libel case had any impact on his own franchise.
“Paid rumors and paid social media campaigns do not dictate [casting decisions] because they have no basis in reality,” Heard said in a statement. “Only the fans really did aquaman Y aquaman 2 happen. I’m excited to start next year.”
Comedian Griffin was one of the first celebrities to endorse Heard. She commented on the actor’s announcement that he would be taking a break from social media while the trial was underway, saying, “Oh, Doll. I’m thinking of you and sending all the love.”
While the veteran radio host hasn’t specifically voiced his support for Heard, he has spoken out against Depp. Speaking on his SiriusXM show in late April, he said, “He thought, ‘I’m going to put this on TV because I’m so persuasive and I’m so smart, and I’m such a wonderful guy…I’m going to have him cast a spell on America at trial.
“No, you will not. This will not go well. It’s not going well for you, it’s not going well for her. Nobody is doing well. You sound like two kids fighting. She’s just coming out really bad.”
In trial testimony recorded in 2019, actor Barkin claimed that a “jealous” Depp once threw a bottle of wine across a hotel room when they were dating in the early 1990s.
Jurors also heard Barkin testify that his ex was “controlling” during their brief time together, asking him where he was going and what he was doing, telling him “don’t do this, don’t do that.”
“Just a jealous, controlling man,” she said, remembering him asking her, “Where are you going? Who are you going with? What did you do yesterday night?”
Barkin testified about a particular moment when Depp allegedly got “very angry” and accused her of having sex with someone else because she had a slight scratch on her back.
Barkin’s testimony about the bottle incident was previously heard during Depp’s UK libel case with Sun for an article in which the newspaper labeled him “a wife beater,” that the pirates of the Caribbean lost actor.
Depp denied that the incident occurred when Barkin’s claim arose and testified that she called him abusive because she had a “grudge” against him.
“A sexual element started with Ms. Barkin that went on and off for months because she was doing the movie that I was doing at the time. Fear and Loathing in Las VegasDepp said.
“She wanted a proper relationship with me and I didn’t want that. I didn’t feel the same way about her as she did about me and I guess from that point on she got very, very angry and I haven’t spoken to Mrs. Barkin since.”
uncut gems the Fox star has publicly endorsed Heard. She commented on Instagram: “She hit him? Yes. Was he abuse? No. You need to have power to be able to abuse it. She was 25 years old. Clearly, he was always much more powerful, both physically and financially.”
Actor Krumholtz, who starred with Heard on the NBC drama the playboy club, posted a series of Instagram Stories supporting her. “Drugs and alcohol turn men into monsters,” she wrote. “I believe Amber Heard.”
Since the trial began on April 11, Depp fans have been circulating their favorite moments from the courtroom on social media platforms. The #teamjohnnydepp hashtag has nearly 80 million views on TikTok, with some criticizing the “memeification” of the case.
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