Amber Heard calls her ex-husband Johnny Depp's win 'a setback for women.' Complete story here!
On Wednesday, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp's excruciating legal battle was wrapped up, with a jury ruling in favor of the Pirates of the Caribbean actor by granting him $15 million in his defamation case against Heard, who was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages and $0 for punitive damages. Both estranged spouses have revealed their sentiments on the Wednesday verdict. While Depp responds with newfound hope, Amber, on the other hand, has expressed utter disappointment.
"I'm heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband," writes Amber, who was caught up in her lies multiple times during the trial. The 36-year-old adds, "I'm even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated."
"I seem to have lost a right I though I had as an American," Heard writes. Photo Source: Instagram
Although the Aquaman actress's malice and peevish tendency were apparent early on in the trial, Ms. Heard was relentlessly trolled and unnecessarily hated upon during the whole process by Depp's crazy fandom. Amber spoke about the wave of humiliation and hate, even death threats, that she has been subjected to since the beginning of the trial. "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," Heard further added.
Depp, 58, who wasn't present during the verdict day, released a statement on his Instagram, where he boasts over 22 million followers. "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," an excerpt of Depp's lengthy statement read.
Amber has been granted $2 million in compensatory damages. Source: CNN
The father of two adds, "I'm overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and the colossal support and kindness from around the world. I also hope that the position will now return to innocent until proven guilty, both within the courts and media." Depp and Amber met on the sets of their 2011 movie The Rum Diary and started dating shortly. The pair walked down the aisle in February 2015, and over a year later, in May 2016, things started getting nasty for the estranged couple.
While filing for divorce from Depp, Heard alleged that her superstar husband abused her throughout their relationship. Several other vile allegations were made against the Finding Neverland actor, but a settlement was reached in January 2017, where Depp had to pay his ex-wife $7 million. Johnny filed a defamation lawsuit against Heard in February 2019 over an op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post, where she described herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse."