Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard – The tumultuous trial that revealed scandalous details about the stars’ life together ended on Friday (May 27). More than a celebrity or two were mentioned in it, and top model Kate Moss even testified in court.
After the jury resumed its deliberations on Tuesday (May 31), they reached a verdict. What does this mean for Johnny Depp? But first, let’s quickly recap why the actor filed a $50 million lawsuit against his ex-wife in the first place.
Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard: How the mud fight began?
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met on set in 2009, and two years later began a relationship. They married in 2015, but a little over a year later, Heard filed for a divorce and a temporary restraining order against Depp was issued. She accused him of physical and mental harassment during their relationship. Surprisingly, just a day before the full restraining order case, Heard dropped the charges and the two reached an agreement – Depp paid Heard $ 7 million. The divorce case finally ended in 2017.
In 2019 Depp filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife for writing an opinion piece in The Washington Post in 2018 in which she identified herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse”. Depp, who is demanding $50 million, claims that although Heard did not name him, the article damaged his reputation and career because it referred to the period two years earlier when she filed for divorce and a restraining order – Depp has denied all allegations of abuse. Heard then sued Depp for $100 million and his attorney, Adam Waldman said in three press statements that her claims were false.
Violence, lies and the end of a career: That’s the reason for Depp’s accusation!
Depp’s lawyers allege that Heard abused him, not the other way around. To prove this, they produced a number of witnesses who knew the couple and claimed never to have seen Heard’s injuries. They played various recordings in which Heard mocks and insults Depp. The actor has said that when Heard made her claims, people in the entertainment industry began to think he was a “conman” and that she ruined his career, costing him “everything”.
A toxic relationship: That is the core of Heard’s allegations
Heard alleges that Depp physically and sexually abused her on an ongoing basis, which worsened when he drank heavily and used drugs, particularly cocaine and MDMA. The defense called several witnesses who said they saw Depp in various states of intoxication. Most of them testified that they did not see Depp punch Heard, but did observe him becoming jealous and angry on several occasions. Heard also says she lost career opportunities due to multiple comments by Depp’s attorney Adam Waldman to the media, who stated that her claims were false.
Johnny Depp Wins the Trial vs Amber Heard – What Next?
After the jury spent 6 weeks in the courtroom hearing the arguments and testimonies of both sides in the Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard trial, the jury made its decision. The court ruled that Hеard did indeed slander Depp in the 2018 Washington Post article. With that, the actor wins his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, and the jury awarded him $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damage. Amber Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages and $0 in punitive damages on one of three points. Will this affect the net worth of Johnny Depp?
Will Depp return to Pirates of the Caribbean 6?
However, one question still remains unanswered: How will the careers of the two stars continue? The actor already confirmed that he doesn’t want to return for Pirates of the Caribbean 6. For the producers, a return of the actor is not excluded in the future.
In an interview for the Sunday Times earlier this month, Jerry Bruckheimer confirmed that Depp is not casted for Pirates of the Caribbean 6 and whether or not the actor is returning as Jack Sparrow “is yet to be decided”. Instead, this time there will be a main heroine, played by Australian actress Margot Robbie.