Johnny Depp verdict live: Amber Heard fans accuse court reporter of bias for ‘partying’ with Pirates actor
Depp verdict: Actor wins libel case as Heard grants counterclaim
Johnny Depp emerged victorious in his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard after three days of jury deliberations, which also earned Heard a partial victory in his countersuit.
Depp sued Heard for $50 million for suggesting he abused her in 2018Washington Post editorial. Although she did not name him, he says her allegations have impacted his ability to work. She sued for a $100 million counterclaim.
The jury determined that Heard defamed Depp on all three counts and awarded him $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages.
The ‘humbled’ actor thanked the jury for giving him his life back and said a new chapter was now beginning for him after six years. Currently playing gigs on a UK tour with Jeff Beck, the actor told fans he was “still in shock”.
In a statement, Heard expressed her “disappointment beyond words” and said she was heartbroken, saying the verdict was a “setback” for women. She has decided to appeal the verdict and is “unable to pay” the damages.
Following the verdicts, the stenographer who chronicled the trial pushed back against accusations that she was “biased” towards Depp.
Heard’s sister breaks her silence after the verdict
Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez, took to Instagram on Sunday to say she was “proud” of the Aquaman actor despite last week’s verdict.
“Yesterday, today and tomorrow, I will always be proud of you for standing up for yourself, for testifying both here in Virginia and in the UK, and for being the voice of so many who cannot speak about the things that happen behind closed doors,” Henriquez, who testified at the trial, wrote.
“We knew this was going to be a tough battle and the cards were against us. But you got up and spoke anyway.
The Independents Annabel Nugent reports:
Megan SheetsJune 7, 2022 6:15 a.m.
Depp and Jeff Beck spend $60,000 on Indian dinner
Depp and Jeff Beck racked up a huge bill at an Indian restaurant in Birmingham after the actor won a libel suit.
On Sunday June 5, the couple closed the Varanasi restaurant to the public as they were reportedly joined by 20 other friends to share a meal.
According TMZthe restaurant’s operations manager, Mohammed Hussain, said Depp’s final bill was around £50,000 ($60,000) in total.
In an Instagram post, the restaurant shared some photos, along with a caption that read, “The most talked about person on the planet right now joined us for dinner last night!”
The Independents Inga Parkel reports:
Megan SheetsJune 7, 2022 5:15 a.m.
Voice: Depp and Heard won’t hear your take on the trial verdict – but the silent victims will
Abused women watch as all of this happens. They learn that their silence is the safest option.
Megan SheetsJune 7, 2022 4:15 a.m.
Snoop Dogg intervenes in Depp v Heard lawsuit
The rapper said he had been “busy doing Snoop Dogg” and therefore hadn’t been following the high-profile case, but hoped others could “be better, with or without the others”.
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Megan SheetsJune 7, 2022 3:15 a.m.
Unlikely cult celebrities from the Depp v Heard trial
Fans of the estranged couple have exhaustively documented every move and mannerism of Depp and Heard in court, their lawyers’ arguments, the judge’s interventions and a slew of colorful testimonies on TikTok, Instagram and Twitter, cutting out what might have been amount to dry court proceedings into a spectator sport.
All of this has raised disapproving eyebrows in some quarters, with concerns expressed that the real issue at the heart of the matter, domestic violencegot lost in what became a tacky viral soap opera.
While those reviews are more than valid, there’s no doubt that the trial provided an extraordinary spectacle and an unforgettable cast of supporting characters who found themselves unlikely cult celebrities.
Megan SheetsJune 7, 2022 2:15 a.m.
Trial straps on sale for $5,000 on eBay
Some spectators who attended the libel trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in Fairfax County, Virginia, now sell their paper wristbands online.
Sheriffs at the Fairfax County Courthouse handed out wristbands as a crowd control measure during the high-profile trial, which drew large numbers of Depp vocal fans especially.
Several people who have been admitted to the courthouse are now selling these colour-coded disposable paper wristbands – stamped with their date of entry – on auction sites like eBay for up to $5,000 (£4,000).
Megan SheetsJune 7, 2022 1:15 a.m.
Trial reporter denies ‘partying’ with Depp
The stenographer who chronicled Depp and Heard’s defamation lawsuit has been engulfed in a social media storm after footage of her hugging the Pirates actor went viral.
In the video, court reporter Judy Bellinger was seen hugging Depp after the two sides presented their closing arguments on May 27.
Ms Bellinger was forced to defend herself after Heard supporters claimed the footage was evidence of bias.
The Independents Gustaf Kilander reports:
Megan SheetsJune 7, 2022 12:15 a.m.
Lawyer heard ‘tremendous amount of evidence was suppressed’ during trial
A lawyer representing Amber Heard in his defamation suit against Johnny Depp spoke out after the verdict to say “an enormous amount of evidence was suppressed” during the weeks-long trial.
Lawyer Elaine Bredehoft appeared on Today’s show Thursday morning, a few hours after a jury finds Ms Heard defamed Mr Depp on the three counts in his lawsuit against her regarding a 2018 op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post to be a victim of domestic violence.
The jury also ruled in favor of one of Ms. Heard’s three countersuit demands, determining that Mr. Depp’s attorney had called her abuse allegations against her ex-husband a hoax.
Megan SheetsJune 6, 2022 11:15 p.m.
Heard “unable to pay” the millions in damages
Amber Heardlawyer says her client won’t be able to pay the millions in damages she owes to Johnny Depp after a jury determined she defamed her estranged husband during the weeks-long trial.
Speaking a day after the verdict was delivered, attorney Elaine Bredehoft told Savannah Guthri during her appearance on NBCit is Today’s show that his client is “absolutely unable” to pay the $8.35 million in damages that the Pirates of the Caribbean the actor won after a jury deliberated for three days after the closely watched and widely panned trial.
Johanna Chisholm reports:
Megan SheetsJune 6, 2022 10:45 p.m.
How much do Depp and Amber Heard owe each other?
Depp prevailed in his $50m (£40m) defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard on domestic abuse charges last week.
A seven-person civil jury in Virginia found that Ms Heard defamed the Pirates of the Caribbean and fantastic beasts star when she implied he abused her in a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post.
The jury also upheld one of Ms Heard’s three claims in a $100million countersuit against Mr Depp and his lawyer, who called her initial allegations in 2016 an ‘ambush’ and ‘hoax’. .
Neither side got the full amount they wanted.
Megan SheetsJune 6, 2022 10:15 p.m.