If you’ve been following along with their trial, you’re surely curious to learn Johnny Depp’s verdict in his case against Amber Heard. Below, we’re looking into all we know about the findings of Johnny vs. Amber’s 2022 defamation trial so far.
Long before they found themselves at the center of a media maelstrom during their trial, Johnny and Amber were intimately involved for years. The duo met for the first time in 2009 when they worked together on the set of The Rum Diary. At the time, both stars were in serious relationships with other people: Johnny was in a relationship with French model Vanessa Paradis, with whom he shares daughter Lily-Rose and son Jack, and Amber, who came out as bisexual in 2010, was related to artist Tasya van Ree.
By the time they reconnected in 2012, both Johnny and Amber had already broken things off with their respective partners—but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have feelings for one other previously. During one of his court hearings in 2022, Johnny acknowledged that he began developing affections for Amber when the pair were working together on the set of their 2011 film, while still being in a relationship with the mother of his children at the time.
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After a few years of dating, Johnny and Amber decided to marry the knot in 2015. However, their marriage was short-lived. Amber filed for divorce the next year and was given a restraining order against the Pirates of the Caribbean actor. The former couple went on to achieve an out-of-court divorce settlement in 2017. Amber received $7 million from the settlement, all of which was reportedly donated to charity. Though their divorce was finalized, their relationship definitely wasn’t done generating headlines quite yet.
For all, we know about Johnny Depp’s verdict in his case against Amber Heard—including why Johnny issued Amber in the first place, along with what they stand to win or lose following the trial results—just keep on reading below.
What Was The Basis For Johnny Depp’s Lawsuit Against Amber Heard?
In an op-ed published in The Washington Post in 2018, Amber Heard claimed herself as a victim of domestic abuse. Johnny Depp is suing her for $50 million. Johnny was not mentioned by name in the story, but because it was published shortly after their divorce, the public was led to believe he was the abuser.
When his ex-wife made charges of abuse against Johnny, he immediately rejected them all and filed a defamation suit against her, alleging that the lie she told about him cost him jobs in popular movies like Pirates of the Caribbean and Fantastic Beasts. She’s also counter-sued Johnny for $100 million after his attorney said her charges were untrue.
Johnny also sued the Sun’s publisher in the UK for libel after the publication of an article labeling him a “wife-beater” in the British daily. In the year 2020, British courts ruled against Johnny. In April 2022, his trial in the United States began.
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When Will Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard Be Decided?
We’ll have to wait and see what Johnny Depp has to say. On May 27, 2022, a decision will be made following the closing arguments of Johnny and Amber’s legal teams. Jurors will consider whether or not Amber defamed Johnny in her 2018 Washington Post piece once the last arguments have been made.
From a few hours to a few days, the jury’s deliberation can take place. With so much evidence and testimony, a decision won’t be made until the end of May or the beginning of June 2022, at the earliest.
Lawyer Kimberly Lau, a specialist in libel and slander cases at Warshaw Burstein, tells Sky News that the trial of Johnny and Amber will be difficult. There was a good amount of exposure of the other side’s less than finer moments on both sides’ parts, she said.
“This trial will be particularly difficult for a jury because both parties are trained actors whose job it is to make the audience believe they are the role they portray. In order for a jury to identify who is telling the truth and who is simply playing a role, the testimony of witnesses and the documentation of the case will be crucial.”
A jury of seven people, she said, “makes a tremendous difference” in the deliberate process. It’s not good enough to have just one person’s opinion; seven people must all be on the same page. However, while judges, unlike juries, are already familiar with the law, the jury’s varied backgrounds can influence how they evaluate and weigh the evidence presented in court.”
Nonetheless, the jury must make a determination. But what happens if Johnny is the victor in this competition? Keep reading to find out what we’ve learned thus far.
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When The Jury Returns Its Decision In Johnny Depp’s Trial, What Will Happen?
A judgment of damages will be given to Johnny if the jury decides that Amber defamed him in her piece for the Washington Post in 2018. If the Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny gets awarded $50 million, the jury could propose handing him more or less money. Johnny will not have to pay Amber any damages if the jury rules that Amber did not disparage him.
Neither Johnny nor Amber are facing criminal charges, which is a crucial point to keep in mind throughout this discussion. This is a civil lawsuit, which means that even if the jury votes in favor of Johnny, Amber will not be sentenced to prison. Amber’s $100 million countersuits against Johnny will also have to wait if she wins or loses.
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In 2022, Was Amber Heard’s Trial Against Johnny Depp Successful?
Is it safe to say that Johnny came out on top? The jury deliberations in the case of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are still going on at the time of this writing. The verdict in Johnny’s trial will be updated when fresh information becomes available.