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BREAKING: Jury Delivers Verdict In Johnny Depp, Amber Heard Trial

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It was the entertainment trial the world was watching and the verdict was what the they were waiting for.

For a month and a half eyes were glued to the trial between actors and former spouses Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, and on Wednesday the jury of seven finally gave its decision

After a delay waiting for the jury to write in dollar amounts, the jury found Depp had proved Heard defamed Depp and acted with malice in a 2018 op-ed in which she accused him of abuse.

The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

The jury found Depp guilty of some defamation as well and awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages and $0 in punitive damages.

The judge reduced the punitive damages in Depp’s award to the limit of $350,000.

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Depp was not present for the verdict, but Heard was.

A source close to Depp had already confirmed he would not be present for the verdict.

“Due to previously scheduled work commitments made before the trial, Mr. Depp will not be physically present for today’s 3 p.m. verdict and will be watching from the United Kingdom,” the source said, speaking of Depp.

Before the verdict was read, a spokesperson for Heard said: “Your presence shows where your priorities are. Johnny Depp plays guitar in the UK while Amber Heard waits for a verdict in Virginia. Depp is taking his snickering and lack of seriousness on tour.”

Depp had filed a $50 million lawsuit against Heard after she wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post in 2018, where she referred to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse.

Depp’s team argued that even though the op-ed did not mention his name, the piece damaged his reputation and resulted in him losing several high-profile acting roles. Depp has denied all of the allegations against him.

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Heard countersued Depp for $100 million after his lawyer said her allegations were false in three statements in the press.

“The pair met while making the 2011 movie The Rum Diary and later wed in 2015. They broke up in May 2016 when Heard sought a domestic violence restraining order against him, accusing him of abusing her. Depp denied the claims, and they settled their divorce out of court in August 2016,” People Magazine reported.

Many celebrities have publicly come out in support of Depp.

Comedian and actor Bill Burr said: “I’m wondering, all these people who just accepted her lies, if they’re gonna apologize somehow because they publicly trashed him. It’d be nice if they then publicly apologized and said, ‘maybe next time we won’t jump to conclusions.’”

Actress Wynnona Ryder, a former girlfriend, added: “He was never, never violent towards me. He was never, never abusive at all towards me. He has never been violent or abusive towards anybody I have seen. I truly and honestly only know him as a really good man – an incredibly loving, extremely caring guy who was so very protective of me and the people that he loves, and I felt so very, very safe with him.”

French singer Vanessa Paradis, the mother of Depp’s two children and former partner of 14 years, has publicly called Heard’s accusations “false facts.”

Penélope Cruz: “Many years have passed and I have not only made 3 movies with him, but I also count on him as a great friend. I’ve always been impressed by his kindness, his brilliant mind, his talent, and his peculiar sense of humor. I’ve seen Johnny in so many situations and he is always kind to everyone around. He is one of the most generous people I know.”

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