Johnny Depp lawsuit: actor wins defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard

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A US jury has ruled in favor of Johnny Depp in his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, upholding its position that the actress fabricated allegations that she was abused.

The verdict marked a landslide victory for the Hollywood star, who was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and another $350,000 in punitive damages.

There were audible gasps in the Fairfax, Virginia courtroom as the first ruling – that Ms Heard defamed Johnny Depp – was read.

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Ms Heard began to cry, as members of the public shouted “yes”.

The jury also ruled in favor of Ms Heard, who had counter-sued Mr Depp, saying his lawyer had called his allegations of abuse a hoax. They awarded $2 million.

The world was captivated by the six-week televised trial, which included sensational allegations of drug and alcohol abuse and Mr Depp’s severed finger, as well as an appearance as a witness by Kate Moss.

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Mr Depp, 58, had sued Ms Heard, 36, for $50m (£40m) claiming she had ‘ruined her life’ by falsely telling the world in a Washington Post op-ed that she was a survivor of domestic violence.

Back after 12 hours and 45 minutes, the five men and two women of the jury must make their decision.

Ms Heard told the jury that Mr Depp repeatedly assaulted her and launched a ‘global campaign of humiliation’ against her after their divorce.

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