Amber Heard has finally settled the defamation case against Johnny Depp

Amber Heard has announced that she has settled her defamation case against ex-husband Johnny Depp.

That Aquaman Star, 36, shared a post on her Instagram page in which she called the decision to settle with Depp “very difficult” and something that had taken “a lot of thought.”

“After much deliberation, I have made a very difficult decision to settle the defamation case my ex-husband brought against me in Virginia,” she wrote.

“It’s important for me to say that I never made that choice. I defended my truth and in doing so my life as I knew it was destroyed. The slur I faced on social media is an amplified version of how women fall victim again when they come forward.”

Heard said that by settling down, she finally had the opportunity “to emancipate myself from something I tried to leave over six years ago, and on terms I can agree to.”

“I made no admission,” she continued. “It’s not a concession. There are no restrictions or gags regarding my voice moving forward.”

Heard’s settlement with Depp comes after the months-long televised trial, which was watched by viewers around the world.

Depp won his multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Heard after a jury ruled that she was in 2018 Washington Post Article entitled “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. This has to change” was defamatory.

The article didn’t mention Depp by name, but his attorneys argued that he falsely implied he physically and sexually abused Heard during their relationship.

Heard was ordered to pay Depp $10m (£8.2m) in damages and $5m (£4.1m) in punitive damages. The latter sum was reduced to $350,000 (£287,000) to meet a legal cap.

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Depp and Heard during the trial

After the verdict, Depp said in a statement he was “humbled” that the jury “gave my life back to me.”

Heard has been awarded $2million (£1.6million) in damages in a counterclaim against Depp after comments from his lawyer Adam Waldman, who allegedly called her abuse claims a “hoax”, also proved defamatory.

She appealed a month after the initial verdict, with her lawyer citing “mistakes” by the court. However, her recent statement seems to confirm that she has withdrawn the appeal.

In her statement, she said she had lost faith in the American legal system, in contrast to the US trial against the one Depp lost in the UK over an article The sun this called him a “wife beater”.

“When I appeared 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 to the world’s media and where the court found that me was subjected to domestic and sexual violence,” Heard said.

“In the United States, however, I exhausted almost all of my resources before and during a trial, in which I was exposed to a courtroom in which copious direct evidence supporting my testimony was excluded, and in which popularity and power counted for more than reason and due process.

“In the meantime, I’ve been subjected to a kind of humiliation that I just can’t live through anymore. Even if my appeal is successful in the US, the best outcome would be a retrial that would require a new jury to consider age of evidence. I just can’t go through that a third time.”

She later added, “With the settlement of this case, I also choose the freedom to devote my time to the work that has helped me heal from my divorce; Work that exists in areas where I feel seen, heard, believed, and know I can make a difference.

“I will not be threatened, discouraged or dissuaded from telling the truth by what happened. Nobody can or wants to take that away from me. My voice will always be the most valuable asset I have.”

The Independent has reached out to Depp’s legal representatives for comment.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/johnny-depp-amber-heard-defamation-case-b2248059.html Amber Heard has finally settled the defamation case against Johnny Depp

JOE HERNANDEZ

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