Why did Amber Heard receive $2 million in damages after losing to Johnny Depp in a defamation lawsuit? Explanation

Amber Heard lost a popular defamation lawsuit after her husband sued her for $50 million.

On June 1, the jury finally announced the verdict of the case in Depp’s favor. He is liable for $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

However, the jury awarded Heard $2 million in damages. But why?

Here’s everything you need to know.

The jury concluded that Amber Heard and Johnny Depp were defamatory.

The jury reached a final conclusion on June 1 after deliberation for 12 hours and 45 minutes. They presented it in the Fairfax Court, Virginia.

A jury of seven would decide whether the statements made by former attorneys Amber Heard and Johnny Depp were defamatory or not.

Depp’s legal battle came after Heard wrote an article for the Washington Post in 2018. She described herself as a survivor of domestic violence that damaged the star reputation and career of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Heard demanded $100 million from her estranged husband. She was awarded a small prize after her jury announced that some, but not all of her statements about her had defamed her.

Amber Heard
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Why did Amber Heard get $2 million?

The jury ruled in its verdict that several statements made by Depp’s former attorney, Adam Waldman, were defamatory.

Waldman’s statement appeared in London’s Daily Mail.

According to an article dated April 8, 2020, Waldman wrote, ‘In the press, Amber Heard and her friends used fake sexual assault allegations as swords and shields as needed. They’re taking some of the ‘facts’ of her sexual assault scams as swords and inflicting them on the public and Mr. Depp.’

Waldman left a second comment on April 27, 2020. ‘It was simply an ambush, a scam,’ he said. They called the police and set up Mr. Depp, but the first attempt was to no avail. The officers came to the penthouse, conducted a thorough search and interview, and then left without seeing faces or property damage. So Amber and her friends drank a little and ravaged the place, and, as directed by lawyers and publicists, immediately heard their story and then dialed 911 a second time.’

In his third comment, he said, ‘We’re talking about Ms. Johnny Depp. The end of Heard’s abuse scam has been reached.’

However, the jury declared Waldman’s second statement defamatory, and Heard was awarded $2 million.



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