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    Amber Heard Settles Defamation Case with Johnny Depp

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    Amber Heard made a very important decision to put the past behind her and start a new life.

    The 36-year-old actress announced on December 19 via Instagram that she’s “made a very difficult decision” to settle the defamation case with her ex-husband Johnny Depp, 59.

    She started her post by writing, “It is important for me to say I never chose this. I defended my truth and in doing so my life as I knew it was destroyed.”

    A Virginia jury ruled on June 1 that the Aquaman actress was liable for defaming Depp in an op-ed she wrote which was published by the Washington Post in 2018. In the essay, she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse” without naming the Pirates of the Caribbean actor. 

    Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and another $5 million in punitive damages, which was later reduced to $350,000. The amount is based on the state’s statutory cap or legal limit. The damages amounted to $10.4 million in all.

    Heard filed to appeal the verdict, saying that the “vilification” she encountered on social media is an “amplified version of the ways in which women are re-victimized” when they come forward.

    The actress continued, “Now I finally have an opportunity to emancipate myself from something I attempted to leave over six years ago and on terms I can agree to. I have made no admission. This is not an act of concession. There are no restrictions or gags with respect to my voice moving forward.”

    “I make this decision having lost faith in the American legal system,” she explained, “where my unprotected testimony served as entertainment and social media fodder.”

    The actress, who filed for divorce from Depp in 2016, also compared the U.S. legal system to that of the U.K. where Depp lost a libel case in 2020 against The Sun after the outlet referred to him as “wife beater” and claimed that he assaulted the actress. He denied the accusations.

    Heard added, “In settling this case. I am choosing the freedom to dedicate my time to the work that helped me heal after my divorce; work that exists in realms in which I feel seen, heard and believed, and which I know I can effect change.”


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