Amber Heard Settles Defamation Case With Johnny Depp

Actors Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have settled their defamation case, which Heard summed up as “a very difficult decision” and a results of her having “lost faith in the American legal system.”

Heard agreed to pay her former husband $1 million within the settlement, in keeping with Depp’s authorized crew ― a major drop from the $15 million in damages {that a} Virginia court docket dominated in opposition to the actor in June.

“It’s important for me to say that I never chose this. I defended my truth and in doing so my life as I knew it was destroyed,” Heard wrote in a message posted to Instagram Monday.

Attorneys for Depp instructed HuffPost in an announcement that they’re happy with the case’s closure and that the judgment in opposition to Heard stays “fully in place.” This fee “reinforces Ms. Heard’s acknowledgement of the conclusion of the legal system’s rigorous pursuit for justice,” stated attorneys Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez.

The $1 million will likely be donated to charity, in keeping with Depp’s attorneys.

A supply near Depp instructed HuffPost the funds will likely be paid by means of Heard’s insurance coverage.

Depp sued Heard for defamation over a 2018 Washington Submit opinion article by which she recognized herself as a home abuse sufferer. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star has denied Heard’s allegations of abuse.

Whereas Heard was ordered to pay damages to her ex-husband ― which her attorneys lately appealed ― she was additionally awarded $2 million in compensatory damages for an announcement made by an lawyer for Depp that she stated was defamatory.

Heard stated Monday that the settlement doesn’t forestall her from with the ability to converse freely, although the Depp supply instructed HuffPost that the judgment can nonetheless be used in opposition to her if she continues to repeat her abuse allegations.

“I have made no admission. This is not an act of concession. There are no restrictions or gags with respect to my voice moving forward,” Heard wrote.

Heard is seen exiting the courthouse beside her sister, Whitney Heard, in June. Heard stated Monday that her settlement with Depp “is not an act of concession.”

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The “Aquaman” actor stated that settling the case was a type of final resort; even when she had been capable of efficiently enchantment, she stated she wouldn’t need to topic herself to a re-trial.

“I cannot afford to risk an impossible bill — one that is not just financial, but also psychological, physical and emotional,” she wrote. “Women shouldn’t have to face abuse or bankruptcy for speaking her truth, but unfortunately it is not uncommon.”

The previous couple confronted a sensational weekslong trial that noticed their private lives splayed throughout world tv screens, ridiculed on social media and extensively used as leisure.

Heard in contrast the expertise to a earlier trial that passed off within the U.Ok. over a tabloid headline calling Depp a “wife beater.” That trial resulted in 2020 with the court docket figuring out that Heard had been abused by Depp, as she claimed.

“When I stood before a judge in the UK, I was vindicated by a robust, impartial and fair system, where I was protected from having to give the worst moments of my testimony in front of the world’s media, and where the court found that I was subjected to domestic and sexual violence,” she wrote.

Heard stated that her expertise within the U.S., by comparability, left her shattered and distrusting of her nation’s authorized system.

Now that the authorized battle is behind her, she stated she needs to spend her time “productively and purposefully.” Heard didn’t supply any further particulars about her plans however stated that she is going to flip consideration “to the work that helped me heal after my divorce,” which she stated makes her “feel seen, heard and believed, and in which I know I can effect change.”