After six weeks of testimony and three days of deliberations, Johnny Depp-Amber Hard’s defamation jury has finally reached a verdict.
And this decision could create online controversy and controversy, just like the trial.
For the comfort of his supporters and the complete shock of those who saw him as believing in the accused, Depp has been awarded a 10 reward in his case against Hard.
The opposite result was predicted by countless legal experts, and the news was welcomed with widespread disbelief on social media.
The lawsuit was not a total loss for Hardy, who was granted indemnity, as well as তার 2 million in his $ 100 million counter-claim.
Today, after 1 pm EST, a jury of seven people gave their verdict
The jury’s foreman was scheduled to announce the decision in open court at 3 p.m.
The verdict was delayed due to the news that the jury had failed to cover part of the damages in their papers, which led to them being sent back to the negotiating room to complete the document.
Hard was in the courtroom to hear the verdict, and he showed little emotion when the verdict was announced.
Depp was not present, as his team had previously indicated that he would not be present.
“Due to pre-trial work commitments, Mr Depp will not be physically present for the verdict at 3pm today and will be seen from the UK,” read a statement issued shortly after the verdict.
Depp’s absence was echoed by representatives of Heard, who criticized the actor’s rude behavior throughout the trial.
“Your presence shows where your priorities are. Johnny Depp is playing the guitar in the UK while Amber Hard is awaiting judgment in Virginia,” read a statement from Hard’s team.
“Depp lacks his sense of humor and importance on the tour.”
The comment mentions that Depp played two shows with famous guitarist Jeff Beck at the Royal Albert Hall in London over the weekend.
It turns out that those performances are the “work promises” that Depp’s team mentioned in their statement.
Depp and Hard were married for just one year before they parted ways in 2016.
The former partners have since been embroiled in one legal battle after another.
In February 2019, Depp filed a 50 million lawsuit against Hard for an article he wrote for the Washington Post the previous year.
In the piece, Hard refers to himself as a survivor of domestic violence.
Although he did not name Depp, he complained that the article caused irreparable damage to his career.
Specifically, he insisted that Hard’s allegations led Disney to cancel plans for the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which would pay him at least .5 22.5 million.
In court, Depp’s lawyers noted that Hard had not been offered a role in a large studio production since the article was published.
Defamation is difficult to prove in any situation, and it is especially difficult in a case where the name of the plaintiff is not mentioned.
To win his case, Depp has to prove that not only did Hard lie, but that the lie cost his career 50 million.
His legal team was needed to remove additional obstacles to proving the allegations of abuse found in the article specifically targeting Depp.
This is not an easy feat, and legal experts point out that adversity was against Depp from the beginning.
Not only did Depp’s team convince the jury, but Depp was much more successful in the referendum court.
During the trial, Hard became one of the most hated women on the Internet, with millions of people – many of whom were women who described themselves as feminists – venting their bitter anger at the actress.
While on the stand, Hard alleges that Depp sexually assaulted her with a glass bottle.
He recounted many incidents where Depp threatened and physically assaulted her during their relationship.
Depp claimed he was the victim, and Hard punched him, put a cigarette in his mouth, and threw various objects at him.
He alleged that during a fight in Australia, he was thrown a bottle of liquor and the object cut off the tip of his finger when it broke.
The jury was convinced that not only did Hard lie in his article, but also on the stand.
Depp sued for $ 50 million, but was only paid $ 10 million in damages.
Hard was paid 5 million in damages and an additional $ 2 million as part of his counter-lawsuit.
In later years, however, this trial will probably be remembered in terms of who won.