Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have settled their heavy defamation lawsuit, they said on Monday, with the actress agreeing to pay her ex-husband $1 million for allegations he physically abused him. Miss.
In an Instagram post, Heard said she dropped her appeal against the $10 million payment the jury had asked her to make because she “simply couldn’t go through” a trial. is different.
“After much consideration, I have made a very difficult decision to resolve the defamation case,” she said.
“I made this decision because I have lost faith in the American legal system, where my unprotected testimony is served as entertainment and social media food,” said the 36-year-old. .
“Now I finally have a chance to free myself from something I tried to give up over six years ago and on terms that I can agree to,” she said. “I don’t admit it. This is not an act of concession.”
In a legal battle involving lawsuits and counterclaims, a Virginia jury found both Depp and Heard liable for defamation – but sided with the “Pirates” star. the Caribbean” stronger after a tense six-week trial involving hotly contested domestic abuse allegations.
The jury awarded $10.35 million in punitive damages to Depp and $2 million to Heard.
Lawyers for Depp, 59, on Monday welcomed the settlement.
“We are pleased to officially close this painful chapter for Mr. Depp, who has made clear throughout this process that his priority is to bring the truth to light,” said attorneys Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez.
“The unanimous decision of the jury and the verdict in Mr Depp’s favor against Ms Heard remain in full force and effect.
“The $1 million payment – which Mr Depp is committing and will (actually) donate to charities – reinforces Ms. Heard’s acknowledgment of the conclusion of her rigorous pursuit of justice. law system.”
– ‘Defend my truth’ –
Depp sued Heard over an editorial she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018 in which she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic violence”.
The Texas-born Heard did not name Depp in this section, but he sued her for implying he was a domestic abuser and demanded $50 million in damages.
Heard sued for $100 million, saying she was defamed by claims made by Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, who told the Daily Mail her abusive claims were a “hoax” bluff”.
The case, which was broadcast live to millions, highlights the mysterious and intimate details of the private lives of Hollywood celebrities.
Heard’s attorneys said after the trial that the actress did not have the resources to pay Depp $10 million in damages.
In her Instagram post, Heard said that she “defends my truth and in doing so my life as I know it has been ruined.
“The detractors I face on social media are an amplified version of the way women are criticized when they come forward,” she said.
“I was faced with a kind of humiliation that I simply could not relive.
“Even if my US appeal is successful, the best outcome will be a retrial in which a new jury will have to review the evidence,” she said. “I simply can’t go through that a third time.”
Variety reports that Heard originally made the domestic abuse claim in 2016 after his divorce from the “Edward Scissorhands” star.
In a settlement, she was granted $7 million and the matter was shelved, with the couple signing non-disclosure and non-disclosure agreements.
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