Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have settled in defamation lawsuit

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Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have reached a settlement in the multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit brought against her by her ex-husband. This was announced by the actress, with a post on Instagram. According to the show site DeadlinesHeard will compensate Depp with a million dollars (against the 8 owed) and he will donate the money to charity.

Agreement between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp

“After much deliberation I have made the difficult decision to strike a deal,” Heard wrote on his social media page. A move, she explained, matured “after losing faith in the American judicial system, in which my testimony has served as entertainment and has given rise to discussion on social networks”. In the post you did not reveal the terms of the agreement, but Deadlines talk about a million dollars. The settlement comes after a jury in Virginia ordered the actress to pay the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star $10 million (and he $2 million to her). The agreement put an end to the appeal proceedings she pursued after losing the first-instance case.

Depp said he was “satisfied”

According to media reports, Depp said he was “satisfied” with the outcome of the case and his lawyers explained that his goal was not so much the money as “to bring the truth to the surface”. “The jury’s unanimous decision and subsequent plaintiff’s verdict stands,” noted the plaintiff’s attorneys, and the $1 million payment “strengthens Heard’s admission that it is the conclusion of the legal system’s rigorous search for the truth.”

The legal battle

The legal battle between Heard and Depp had begun after an opinion article signed by the actress in 2018 in the “Washington Post”, coinciding with her film “Aquaman”: without ever naming her ex-husband, she had defined herself as “a figure publicity representing domestic violence”. Convinced that the article had damaged his reputation and her career, Depp sued his ex-wife in court for defamation and she had fought back with a similar lawsuit. After a highly publicized six-week trial, in which the protagonists of the brief marriage attacked each other, the jury concluded that the two exes had defamed each other, ordering Heard to pay the ex-husband $10 million and the latter to pay two million to his ex-wife. She the actress then owed 8 million, but she claimed she didn’t own it. A few days after the verdict, one of Depp’s lawyers said the actor was ready to forfeit the sum if Heard declined to challenge him again on appeal. “From the beginning what was at stake was his reputation, it was never a question of money,” Ben Chew Chew prophetically assured ABC. Heard initially decided to appeal, then changed his mind and an agreement was reached.