The Verdict In The Johnny Depp Vs. Amber Heard Trial Is Finally Clear

Johnny Depp's defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard has finally come to a close. Depp was suing Heard for $50 million in Fairfax County Circuit Court from the fallout of an op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post in December 2018. Even though the piece does not name Depp, he claims that her self-description of "a public figure representing domestic abuse" destroyed his career and reputation.

This highly-publicized case revealed many intimate, ugly, and absurd details of their relationship, leaving the public with plenty to fuel speculation. Testimonies heightened the drama as the public heard claims of Depp's violence from Heard's sister, Heard's violence from Depp's bodyguard, and even a moment from supermodel Kate Moss to set the record straight on rumors of abuse from her time dating the "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor. Also, who could forget the whole Heard poop scandal?

Testimony in the case wrapped up May 26. When Heard testified for the last time, she explained how Depp and his attorney Adam Waldman caused her to feel "harassed, humiliated, threatened every single day" over the statements they made about her throughout the trial, per CBS News. She added, "Even just walking into this courtroom, sitting here in front of the world, having the worst parts of my life and things I've lived through used to humiliate me. People want to kill me, and they tell me so every day." The day prior, Depp said of his ex-wife's accusations, "Ridiculous, humiliating, ludicrous, painful, savage, unbelievably brutal, cruel, and all false." Well, what did the jury decide?

Johnny Depp wins his case against Amber Heard

Closing arguments kicked off May 27, allowing each side up to two hours to leave a final impression for the seven jury members before they gathered to make their decision. The trial certainly placed Johnny Depp and Amber Heard under an intense spotlight, leaving fans and curious viewers much to discuss. In closing arguments, Depp's attorney acknowledged his flaws and substance abuse while maintaining that his client "is not a violent abuser." Heard's attorney stated, "A ruling against Amber here sends message that no matter what you do as an abuse victim you always have to do more."

Following the closing arguments, the jury returned on June 1 after deliberating with a win for Depp, saying he successfully proved Heard defamed him. They awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.— However, he'll walk away with a little over $10 million due to a fiscal cap on punitive damages on in Virginia. Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages.

With a final outcome of this enormous trial, many took to social media to share their reactions on the verdict. "Justice is served," one person wrote. Another noted, "y'all failed amber." As this chapter comes to a close, we're curious as to what comes next for both Depp and Heard after what has been one of the most engaged topics of 2022.