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 concluded 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.
In the course of the proceedings, and Depp previous court case against Sun – several prominent celebrities have offered their opinion on the couple, with I’ve heard of receiving public endorsements from various stars..
However, others have also spoken out in support of Depp, including his former partners. Winona Ryder and Kate Moss, as well as an actor Javier Bardem and Sia music. On the eve of the verdict being announced, Depp was seen dating Sam Fender in Newcastle, with the British musician calling Depp one of his “heroes”.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the biggest names who spoke out for Depp, and what they said…
While Depp was involved in a case against the British newspaper Sun for defamation after being described as a “wife beater” in an article, his former partner and Edward Scissorhands co-star Ryder released a statement in his defense.
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“The idea that he is an incredibly violent person is the furthest thing from the Johnny that I knew and loved,” he said.
“He was never, never violent with me. He has never been violent or abusive to anyone that he has ever seen.”
Bardem worked with Depp on the 2000 film before night falls and 2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
In 2020, he gave his support to the actor in the defamation trial, writing in documents seen by People magazine: “I love Johnny. He has always been a true gentleman and an extremely generous and caring friend to my family and myself.
“In addition to that, I have had the gift of working with him twice and have experienced his respectful attitude towards each member of the team along with his unique and hilarious sense of humor.”
He added: “I support Johnny because I have always seen and felt in him a true loving and caring man, an extraordinary and unique artist who has listened to anyone who needed his help. Not only do I love Johnny, but I deeply respect him and thank him for being the free, careless child that he is in his art and the loving, mature man that he is in the lives of others, always there when we need him.”
Bardem claimed that Depp was a “good human being” who was “caught up in the lies and manipulations of toxic beings”.
Actress Penelope Cruz, married to Bardem and co-starring with Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tideshe also submitted a statement in support of Depp.
She wrote that Depp treated her with “sweetness, protection and kindness” during their time on pirateswhen I was pregnant.
“I have seen Johnny in many situations and he is always kind to everyone around him. He is one of the most generous people I know,” he said.
“I mean, I’d love for him to clean up and stop wearing jewelry, but clearly he’s the victim after listening to those tapes.”
French actress Eva Green, who worked with Depp in 2012 Dark shadowsshared an Instagram post in support of Depp during his US libel trial.
“I have no doubt that Johnny will emerge with his good name and wonderful heart revealed to the world, and life will be better than ever for him and his family,” he said. wrote in the title.
French singer-songwriter Vanessa Paradis, another Depp ex-partner, offered written support to the actor during his UK libel case in 2020.
“I have known Johnny for over 25 years. We have been partners for 14 years and raised our two children together,” he wrote. “Through all these years I have known Johnny as a kind, caring, generous and non-violent person and father.
“On the movie sets, the actors, directors and the entire crew love him because he is humble and respectful to everyone, as well as being one of the best actors we have ever seen. I am aware of the accusations that amber heard has publicly accused Johnny for more than four years.
“This is nothing like the real Johnny I have ever known and from my personal experience over many years I can say that he was never violent or abusive towards me. I have seen that these outrageous statements have been really distressing and have also caused damage to his career because unfortunately people have continued to believe these false facts.”
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