A US jury has found Amber Heard defamed ex-husband Johnny Depp with an article in which she claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse.
Jurors awarded Mr Depp – who denied abusing Ms Heard – $15m (£12m) in compensatory and punitive damages.
Ms Heard, 36, won one of three counter-claims against Mr Depp, 58, and was awarded $2m in compensatory damages.
The Hollywood stars, who divorced in 2017, presented conflicting versions of their doomed relationship in the trial.
Over six weeks, the court in Fairfax, Virginia, heard tawdry details of Mr Depp and Ms Heard’s tempestuous marriage, and its unhappy ending.
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Polls suggested many Americans were more interested in the legal drama than the war in Ukraine or a potentially historic ruling on abortion expected any day from the US Supreme Court.
Coverage of the trial – which was televised and livestreamed – hit billions of views on social media.
After almost two days of considerations, attendants found on Wednesday that Ms Heard’s assertions about her marriage were “bogus” and she had acted with “genuine perniciousness”.
In any case, they likewise found that Mr Depp had maligned Ms Heard when his legal counselor gave an assertion to the Daily Mail in 2020 calling her maltreatment charges a trick.
Mr Depp was not in that frame of mind to “recently planned work responsibilities”, his representative said. The entertainer was supposed to watch from the United Kingdom, where he has played three shock shows close by his companion, British performer Jeff Beck, since the jury started pondering on Friday.
Just before the decision, Mr Depp got an overwhelming applause in the wake of performing with Mr Beck at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
In a proclamation on Wednesday, he said: “The jury gave me my life back. I’m genuinely lowered.”
He added, in Latin: “Truth won’t ever die.”
Mr Depp’s assertion proceeded: “I trust that my mission to have the believe it or not will have helped other people, men or ladies, who have ended up in my circumstance, and that those supporting them won’t ever surrender.”
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Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Penney Azcarate decreased the correctional harms granted to Depp to $350,000, the legal cap in Virginia. That leaves his all out harms at $10.4m. Ms Heard was not granted any correctional harms.
The entertainer, who sat sombrely all through the perusing of the decision, said in an explanation that she was “grief stricken”. She contended that the jury had disregarded proof in support of herself.
“I’m miserable I lost this case. Yet, I am more troubled still that I appear to have lost a right I assumed I had as an American – to talk unreservedly and straightforwardly,” said the entertainer, who stars in an Aquaman spin-off due out the following year.
She added: “I’m much more disheartened with how this decision affects different ladies. It is a misfortune. It interferes with the clock to when a lady who shouted out and stood up could be openly disgraced and embarrassed.”
A representative for Ms Heard has said she intends to pursue the decision.