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Jury finds Johnny Depp and ex-wife guilty in defamation lawsuits

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Depp, durante o julgamento: ator receberá pouco mais de US$ 10 milhões de Amber Heard, mas terá que indenizá-la em US$ 2 milhões
Depp, during the trial: actor will receive just over US$ million from Amber Heard, but will have to compensate her in US$ 2 million| Photo: EFE/EPA/EVELYN HOCKSTEIN

A jury in Fairfax, Virginia, considered this Wednesday (1st) actors Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, who were married between 2000 and 2016, guilty of defamation in the lawsuits they brought against each other.

Depp had sued Heard after she published an article in

in the Washington Post, in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

Already Heard sued Depp for defamation after a lawyer for the actor described his allegations as a “hoax”. Depp denied the assaults and said that his ex-wife was the violent person in the relationship. The trial lasted six weeks.

According to CNN, the jury determined that Depp be compensated by his ex-wife in US$million in compensatory damages and US$ 5 million in punitive damages – of this amount, the actor will receive only US$ thousand, as Virginia law stipulates that punitive damages may not exceed this amount.

The jury awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages. Depp had requested compensation of US$ 50 million and Heard, of US$millions.

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