Why Amber Heard selected to settle the Johnny Depp defamation case
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The Aquaman actress, 36, announced Dec. 19 that she has “made a very difficult decision” to settle the defamation case brought by her ex-husband in Virginia Johnny Depp, 59. “It’s important for me to say that I never chose that,” began Heard’s message, which was posted to Instagram. “I defended my truth and in the process destroyed my life as I knew it.”
On June 1, a Virginia jury ruled that Heard, in her 2018 Washington Post op-ed — in which she described herself as a “public figure who advocates domestic violence” without naming Depp — was found liable because she had slandered Depp and awarded him $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Although judge in the Fairfax County District Court Penney Azcarate he later reduced the punitive damages to $350,000, which is the state’s statutory cap or legal limit, bringing his total damages to $10.4 million.
In her Instagram statement, Heard, who appealed the sentence earlier this month, said the “denigration” she faced on social media was an “amplified version of the way women are being victimized again.” ‘ when they report.