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If you’ve been following her trial, you’re probably curious to know Johnny Depp’s verdict in his case against Amber Heard. Below, we dive into everything we know so far about the 2022 libel trial outcomes of Johnny vs. Amber.
Long before they found themselves at the center of a media storm during their trial, Johnny and Amber had been dating for years. The couple first met in 2009 while working together on the set of The rum diary. At the time, both actors were in committed relationships with other people: Johnny was in a relationship with French model Vanessa Paradis, with whom he shares daughter Lily-Rose and son Jack, while Amber, who came out as bisexual in 2010, was linked to the artist Tasya van Ree. By the time they met again in 2012, both Johnny and Amber had already broken up with their respective partners — but that doesn’t mean they didn’t previously have feelings for each other. During one of his court hearings in 2022, Johnny admitted he began to develop feelings for Amber while the two worked together on the set of her 2011 film, although at the time they were still in a relationship with his children’s mother.
In 2015, after a few years of dating, Johnny and Amber decided to tie the knot. However, their marriage was short-lived. Amber filed for divorce the next year and received a restraining order against her Pirates of the Caribbean Actor. The former couple reached an out-of-court divorce settlement in 2017. Amber received $7 million from the settlement, which was reportedly entirely donated to charity. Although their divorce was finalized, their relationship was clearly not ready to make headlines.
For everything we know about Johnny Depp’s verdict in his case against Amber Heard — including why Johnny is suing Amber in the first place, along with what they have to gain or lose based on the trial results — just read on below.
Why did Johnny Depp sue Amber Heard?
Johnny Depp is suing Amber Heard for $50 million over a 2018 comment published in The Washington Post, where she described herself as a victim of domestic violence. Although the article did not mention Johnny by name, the timing of the article following their divorce created the public impression that he was her abuser. Johnny denied all allegations of abuse and sued his ex-wife for defamation, claiming that her story caused personal and financial damage to his reputation by costing him roles in franchises such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Fantastic Beasts. For her part, Amber has sued Johnny for $100 million after his attorney claimed her allegations were false.
Over in the UK, Johnny also sued the editors of the British newspaper The sun in a related defamation lawsuit after the newspaper published an article calling him a “wife beater”. British courts finally ruled against Johnny in 2020. His trial in the US began two years later in April 2022.
When is the final verdict heard for Johnny Depp Vs. Bernstein?
So when will we hear Johnny Depp’s verdict? A verdict will be announced after Johnny and Amber’s legal teams made their closing statements on May 27, 2022. After the final arguments, the jury will consider whether Amber defamed Johnny in her 2018 year Washington Post Article.
The deliberations of the jury can last between a few hours and several days. Given the exhaustive amount of evidence and testimony to be considered in this case, it is likely that a verdict will not be reached until late May 2022 or early June 2022.
Kimberly Lau, an attorney at Warshaw Burstein who specializes in defamation and defamation cases, told Sky News deliberations for Johnny and Amber’s trial will be difficult. “Both sides did a good job uncovering each other’s less than pleasant moments,” she shared. “What makes this process particularly challenging for a jury is the fact that both parties are trained actors whose job it is to make the audience believe that they are actually playing the role they are playing. The testimonies and documentary evidence will be even more important for the jury to determine who is really telling the truth and who may only be playing a role.”
She continued: “A jury of several people – in this case seven – makes a huge difference in the deliberation process. The opinion of one is not enough; all seven must agree. And while judges already have a legal understanding, unlike juries, the jury is made up of several people whose life experiences can influence how they view and weigh the evidence at trial.” Still, the jury must decide. But what happens when Johnny wins? Read on to find out what we know.
What happens if Johnny Depp’s court verdict is reached?
If Johnny wins against Amber, it means the jury has ruled that Amber defamed him for the in her 2018 article Washington Post and the actor is awarded damages. Johnny is asking for $50 million in compensation, but the jury could recommend awarding it Pirates of the Caribbean star more or less money than the amount he is looking for. But if the jury decides that Amber didn’t defame Johnny, she won’t have to pay him damages.
It’s important to note that neither Johnny nor Amber will face criminal charges. This is a civil trial, meaning Amber will not go to jail even if the jury rules in Johnny’s favor, and vice versa. Win or lose, Amber will also have to wait until she goes to court for her $100 million counterclaim against Johnny.
Did Johnny Depp win his 2022 trial against Amber Heard?
So did Johnny win? As of this writing, the jury in the trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is still deliberating. This article will be updated as new information about Johnny’s court decision becomes available.
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