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Depp Issues Statement After Winning Defamation Trial, Says ‘Jury Gave Me My Life Back’

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  • Depp sued Heard for $50 million in 2018 after writing an op-ed for 'The Washington Post' in which he called himself a "public figure representing domestic abuse."
  • Heard filed a $100 million lawsuit claiming Depp had endured domestic violence during their 15-month marriage
  • The jury awarded US$15 million in damages to Johnny Depp
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Mumbai: Actor Johnny Depp took to Instagram to issue a statement after winning the defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard. “[The] jury gave me my life back.

Depp sued Heard for $50 million in 2018 after writing an op-ed for ‘The Washington Post’ in which he called himself a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Also Read: Johnny Depp Wins Defamation Trial Against Ex-Wife Amber Heard, Awarded $15 Million

Heard filed a $100 million lawsuit claiming Depp had endured domestic violence during their 15-month marriage. The jury awarded US$15 million in damages to Johnny Depp.

Amber Heard has also won a defamation suit against Johnny Depp over articles in a privately owned newspaper in which Johnny Depp’s former attorney described his claims of domestic abuse as a hoax. The jury has awarded $2 million in damages to Amber Heard.

Soon after this verdict came out, Johnny Depp officially released a statement on his Instagram account which read, “Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported and believed in me were forever changed. All in the blink of an eye.”

“False, very serious and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had already travelled around the world twice within a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career. And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled,” Depp wrote.

“My decision to pursue this case, knowing very well the height of the legal hurdles that I would be facing and the inevitable worldwide spectacle into my life was only made after considerable thought. From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that,” Depp said.

Depp mentioned, “I am, and have been, overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and the colossal support and kindness from around the world. I hope that my quest to have the truth be told will have helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those supporting them never give up. I also hope that the position will now return to innocent until proven guilty, both within the courts and in the media. I wish to acknowledge the noble work of the Judge, the jurors, the court staff and the Sheriffs who have sacrificed their own time to get to this point, and to my diligent and unwavering legal team who did an extraordinary job in helping me to share the truth.”Depp said that the best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun. “Veritas numquam perit. Truth never perishes,” he said.

 

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After dating for several years, Depp and Heard married in 2015 in a very private ceremony at their home in Los Angeles. On 23 May 2016, Heard filed for divorce from Depp and obtained a temporary restraining order against the Oscar-nominated actor. She alleged that Depp physically abused her during their relationship, adding that it was usually under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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