Johnny Depp Awarded $15 Million in Defamation Suit
A jury has awarded Johnny Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages in his defamation suit against ex-wife Amber Heard, who was present in the court room when the verdict was read yesterday — the Pirates of the Caribbean is currently on tour in London. The Commonwealth of Virginia caps punitive damages at $350,000, which brings the judgment against Heard down to $10.35 million.
Heard, on the other hand, was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages in her countersuit, which brings the amount owed to Johnny Depp down to $8.35 million. Both actors released statements with minutes of the verdict. Depp said he was “truly humbled,” while Heard said she was “disappointed with what this verdict means for other women.”
In an interview on The Today Show, Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, says her client is unable to pay the $8.35 million owed to Depp following yesterday’s verdict. She also complained about the undue influence of social media throughout the trial.