Amber Heard, Johnny Depp Settle Virginia Defamation Lawsuit

Formally the top. Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have settled their Virginia defamation lawsuit following a high-profile authorized battle.

“After an excessive amount of deliberation I’ve made a really troublesome resolution to settle the defamation case introduced in opposition to me by my ex-husband in Virginia,” the Aquaman actress, 36, wrote in an Instagram assertion uploaded on Monday, December 19. “It’s necessary for me to say that I by no means selected this. I defended my reality and in doing so my life as I knew it was destroyed.”


Amber Heard’s response to the settlement for the Virginia Defamation Case Towards Ex-Husband Johnny Depp.
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Heard continued: “The vilification I’ve confronted on social media is an amplified model of the methods through which girls are re-victimised after they come ahead. Now I lastly have a possibility to emancipate myself from one thing I tried to depart over six years in the past and on phrases I can conform to. I’ve made no admission. This isn’t an act of concession. There aren’t any restrictions or gags with respect to my voice transferring ahead.”

The Texas native claimed that she “misplaced religion within the American authorized system” as a result of her prolonged forwards and backwards with Depp, 59, arguing that her “unprotected testimony served as leisure and social media fodder.” She in contrast her differing experiences within the U.Ok. and U.S. courts, alleging that “ample, direct proof that corroborated my testimony was excluded” from the Virginia trial.

“Within the interim I used to be uncovered to a kind of humiliation that I merely can’t re-live,” she wrote. “Even when my US attraction is profitable, the very best consequence can be a re-trial the place a brand new jury must contemplate the proof once more. I merely can’t undergo {that a} third time.”

In June, a jury sided with the Pirates of the Caribbean actor after a weeks-long deliberation. Depp received $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, the latter of which was later lowered to $350,000 as a result of Virginia state regulation. Heard, in the meantime, was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages.

“The frustration I really feel immediately is past phrases,” the Drive Offended actress famous in an announcement to Us Weekly after the decision. “I’m heartbroken that the mountain of proof nonetheless was not sufficient to face as much as the disproportionate energy, affect and sway of my ex-husband. I’m much more dissatisfied with what this verdict means for different girls. It’s a setback. It units again the clock to a time when a girl who spoke up and spoke out might be publicly shamed and humiliated.”

Depp, for his half, stated in an announcement of his personal that he felt “overwhelmed” by the “love and the colossal help and kindness” he obtained from followers all through the trial. “Talking the reality was one thing that I owed to my kids and to all those that have remained steadfast of their help of me. I really feel at peace figuring out I’ve lastly completed that,” he added.

Two months later, Heard revamped her authorized crew. The Edward Scissorhands actor filed an attraction in November arguing that he shouldn’t be pressured to pay his ex-wife the court-ordered damages. Heard’s legal professionals submitted a separate attraction claiming there have been errors made within the Virginia trial.

Whereas discussing the settlement on Monday, the By no means Again Down star asserted that she needs to “spend [her] time productively and purposefully” after feeling “caged in an arduous and costly authorized course of” for years. “I can’t afford to threat an unattainable invoice — one that’s not simply monetary, but in addition psychological, bodily and emotional,” she wrote through Instagram. “Ladies shouldn’t need to face abuse or chapter for talking her reality, however sadly it isn’t unusual.”

Amber Heard Settles Virginia Defamation Case Against Ex-Husband Johnny Depp: 'I Defended My Truth'

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, 2016.
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Heard and Depp had been married from 2015 to 2017. The Discovering Neverland actor sued his ex-wife in 2019 after she printed an op-ed describing her expertise as a survivor of home violence. Heard didn’t title her former partner wherever within the article, and the Kentucky native has repeatedly maintained his innocence. (Depp unsuccessfully sued The Solar in 2018 after the publication referred to as him a “spouse beater” in relation to Heard’s op-ed.)

The Magic Mike XXL actress made it clear on Monday that she hopes to proceed advocating for victims of abuse. “I cannot be threatened, disheartened or dissuaded by what occurred from talking the reality,” she wrote. “Nobody can and nobody will take that from me. My voice endlessly stays essentially the most worthwhile asset I’ve. … Any survivor is aware of that the flexibility to inform their story typically appears like the one aid, and I can’t discover sufficient phrases to inform you the hope your perception in me evokes, not only for me, however for all of you.”

When you or somebody you understand is experiencing home violence, please name the Nationwide Home Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 for confidential help.