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A jury discovered actor Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard have been each defamed within the couple’s seven-week defamation case.
Regardless of wins for either side, authorized specialists argue their persevering with careers shall be tainted by the headline-breaking trial that opened a Pandora’s field into their private lives.
“From a reputation-management perspective, there can be no winners,” stated Eric Rose, a disaster administration and communications professional. “They’ve bloodied each other up. It becomes more difficult now for studios to hire either actor because you’re potentially alienating a large segment of your audience who may not like the fact that you have retained either Johnny or Amber for a specific project because feelings are so strong now.”
Depp had initially sued Heard for $50 million after a 2018 op-ed she wrote for the Washington Put up alleged Depp had domestically abused her throughout their marriage. The op-ed by no means named Depp instantly.
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Depp maintained that he had by no means hit her all through their marriage, portray Heard because the abuser of their house. New York household legal professional Brett Ward said Depp got here off as a plausible witness all through the trial, admitting to his drug and alcohol abuse and his troublesome nature.
Depp’s responses and reactions took the web by storm, with followers and trial viewers making movies of the actor’s testimonies. Nevertheless, Ward argues the actor additionally ran the chance of unintentionally making his testimony the spotlight of his skilled profession.
“He says he did this for his children. Having watched the whole trial, I don’t think that he did any service to his children by airing all of this dirty laundry,” Ward stated.
The jury in the end awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, siding with him on all counts. Decide Penney Azcarate diminished his punitive damages award to $350,000 per Virginia regulation, rounding in Depp’s whole damages award to somewhat over $10 million.
Heard additionally got here out with a win, with the jury discovering she was defamed as nicely and awarded her $2 million in compensatory damages. The jury discovered that one among Depp’s legal professionals, Adam Waldman, had defamed her when stating she had staged an alleged assault.
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Depp posted a press release to social media shortly after the decision was learn, grateful for the result and the expectation of his life again to normalcy.
“And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled. 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,” Depp wrote.
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Heard additionally launched a press release together with the decision, voicing her disappointment with the jury’s choice.
“I believe Johnny’s attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of freedom of speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the U.K. I’m sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly,” she wrote.
Heard’s upcoming tasks embody the “Aquaman” sequel to be launched subsequent 12 months. Depp, at present within the U.Okay., is anticipated to hunt out new roles following the trial.
The Related Press contributed to this report.