Johnny Depp has won his defamation suit in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard, 36, and he's celebrating abroad. The 58-year-old Edward Scissorhands actor was noticed leaving The Bridge Tavern pub in Newcastle, England trying content material as followers cheered him on alongside his path on June 1 simply as the decision was launched. Johhny walked shortly, however smiled and even high-fived some followers. He additionally snapped a photograph with famed guitarist Jeff Beck, 77, British musician Sam Fender, 28, and others whereas sitting down on the pub.
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Johnny has been within the UK since earlier this week, as he jetted off from Virginia, the place his defamation lawsuit was happening, to play alongside Jeff in Sheffield, England. He performed several songs with Beck on the night time of Could 29, together with a canopy of John Lennon‘s “Isolation.” He appeared in his aspect as he rocked out on his guitar sporting a black and white checkered blazer and black pants.
Noticed: Johnny Depp leaving The Bridge Tavern pub in Newcastle 📲
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Johnny didn't return to Fairfax, Va. to listen to the decision of his trial, which had been active since April 12. Amber’s spokesperson referred to as out Johnny for not being in court docket main as much as the decision. “Your presence exhibits the place your priorities are. [He] performs guitar within the UK whereas [she] waits for a verdict in Virginia,” they stated in a press release to Entertainment Tonight.
The actor had sued his ex-wife for $50 million over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Publish in 2018 about being a survivor of home abuse. Whereas she by no means acknowledged his title, he was considered the abuser in her story. Johnny stated her defamatory statements ruined his fame and made him lose out on profitable offers. Amber had countersued for $100 million, additionally claiming defamation. Ultimately, the seven-person jury discovered that statements made by Amber within the op-ed had been defamatory in opposition to Johnny. They awarded him $15 million in damages, though the choose decreased the $5 million punitive damages award to $350,000, which is the utmost cost for punitive damages within the state of Virginia. Johnny was ordered to pay $2 million to Amber, because the jury determined his attorney, Adam Waldman, defamed the Aquaman actress by calling her 2016 claims of abuse a “hoax.” In complete, Johnny is owed $8.35million in damages.
Following the decision, each side launched a press release on social media. “Six years in the past, my life, the lifetime of my kids, the lives of these closest to me, and likewise, the lives of the individuals who for a lot of, a few years have supported and believed in me had been without end modified. All within the blink of an eye fixed,” he wrote in his Instagram put up. “And 6 years later, the jury gave me my life again. I'm actually humbled.”
He ended his put up with a message of gratitude to anybody who supported him via the turbulent years. “I'm, and have been, overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection and the colossal assist and kindness from around the globe. I hope that my quest to have the reality be informed may have helped others, males or ladies, who've discovered themselves in my scenario, and that these supporting them by no means hand over,” he stated. “I additionally hope that the place will now return to harmless till confirmed responsible, each throughout the courts and within the media.”
— Amber Heard (@realamberheard) June 1, 2022
In the meantime, Amber referred to as the ruling a “setback” for women. “The frustration I really feel immediately is past phrases. I’m heartbroken that the mountain of proof nonetheless was not sufficient to face as much as the disproportionate energy, affect, and sway of my ex-husband,” she wrote. “I’m much more disillusioned with what this verdict means for different ladies. It's a setback. It units again the clock to a time when a girl who spoke up and spoke out may very well be publicly shamed and humiliated. It units again the concept that violence in opposition to ladies is to be taken severely.”
She added, “I consider Johnny’s attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to miss the important thing subject of Freedom of Speech and ignore proof that was so conclusive that we received within the UK. I’m unhappy I misplaced this case. However I'm sadder nonetheless that I appear to have misplaced a proper I believed I had as an American – to talk freely and brazenly.”