After the big victory in the defamation trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, Johnny Depp released a statement.
Though Depp was not in court since he is on a mini-tour in the UK, the actor wrote a statement saying he got his "life back."
The end of the trial marks the beginning of a new chapter in Depp's life. He told his "truth" after fighting the abuse allegations for six years.
The actor, born in Kentucky, rose to fame in the 90s, thanks to numerous famous roles. However, the last few years have been challenging, as he fought a seemingly never-ending battle against serious accusations.
When Johnny Met Amber
The former couple met on the set of The Rum Diary. The Texas-born model and actress Amber Heard and over two decades older actor appeared as a good match.
The Short Engagement
Amber and Johnny got engaged in 2014.
They tied the knot in February 2015.
Soon after, the cracks started showing.
Depp reportedly suffered a finger injury due to"smashing bottles and windows" during a heated argument with his wife.
Various rumors started coming out, and the separation was not a shock. The allegations of domestic abuse, however, were.
Citing "irreconcilable Differences"
After Amber filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences," she filed a restraining order against Depp, claiming he had previously attacked her.
Amber retracted her allegations one day before the hearing, but it did not stop the rumors.
The Infamous TMZ Video
During the Virginia trial, Depp's team alleged that Amber Heard provided TMZ with the damaging video of Depp smashing cabinets in his kitchen.
Amber denied that she had anything to do with it.
Amber Heard As A Victim Of Domestic Abuse
In 2018, Amber Heard wrote a piece for The Washington Post, which read:
"Two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture's wrath for women who speak out."
Though she did not name Depp, everyone saw it as evidence that he was an abuser.
Support For Heard
Amber was made the American Civil Liberties Union's "Ambassador for Women's Issues."
On the other hand, Depp's celebrity, as well as his career, took nasty hits.
His appearance in J.K Rowling's Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, was heavily criticized.
Losing The Role Of Captain Jack Sparrow
Four days after the op-ed, Disney announced that Johnny Depp is no longer part of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
The franchise earned Disney $4.5 billion. Though they never claimed that the op-ed influenced this decision, it is hard not to connect the dots.
Depp Files Defamation Suit
Depp filed a $50-million defamation case against Heard and presented evidence that he was the abused party.
Depp's defamation lawsuit read:
"The op-ed [Heard's article] depended on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her."
Depp Listed All Incidents Of Alleged Abuse
The defamation suit said that Heard's claims were "categorically and demonstrably false."
In addition, the actor and his team included in the lawsuit all examples of the alleged abuse he suffered:
"She hit, punched, and kicked me. She also repeatedly and frequently threw objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls, and paint thinner cans, which severely injured me."
The Daily Mail Recordings
One of the evidence presented in court was audio, in which Amber allegedly said:
"You are such a baby. Grow the f*** up, Johnny. You poke an animal enough, it is eventually, it doesn't matter how friendly it is, it's not cool."
Losing The Libel Case Against The Sun
In 2020, Depp lost a case against a British tabloid that called him a "wife-beater."
The trial was three weeks long, and once Depp lost his case, it appeared that he would never get a chance to say his truth.
Getting Access To Amber Heard's Phone
Depp's lawyer, Benjamin Chew, claimed:
"Ms. Heard's counsel has repeatedly used these phony photographs at deposition."
He believes the LA Police Department "disavowed the photographs" previously given to the court and "did not depict what they saw."
The lawyer recalled that LAPD found no injuries after someone called the police during an argument between Depp and Heard.
Chew Alleges Fabricating Evidence
"Ms. Heard and her friends then fabricated photos that she used to obtain an ex parte TRO [temporary restraining order] and a $7 million divorce settlement which Ms. Heard falsely testified in London she gave to the ACLU and, more scandalously, to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles; sick children with cancer."
"So, Ms. Heard or someone on her behalf doctored those photographs three years later. When that came up in her testimony in London, Ms. Heard falsely denied it. In short, Your Honour, without forensic imaging Mr. Neumeister cannot properly assess or verify Ms. Heard's data."
That is how Depp's lawyers got to the phone.
The Case Brought Many Famous Names
Brian Neumeister, a tech expert, testified, but most people were interested in what Kate Moss, Ellen Barkin, and other big names had to say.
There were rumors that James Franco and Elon Musk would testify as well.
Paul Bettany was supposed to be a witness for Depp, while the court saw messages with Jason Momoa, JK Rowling, James Wan, etc.
The Trial Lasted For Six Weeks
This was one of the most talked-about trials in this century.
Depp took the stand on April 19, and again, near the end.
He described Heard's claims as "heinous and disturbing."
Depp Claims He Never Hit A Woman
Talking to the court, the actor said:
"Never did I myself reach the point of striking Miss Heard in any way, nor have I ever struck any woman in my life. Since I knew there was no truth to it whatsoever, I felt it my responsibility to stand up, not only for myself in that instance, but stand up for my children."
"I thought it was diabolical that my children would have to go to school and have their friends or people in the school approach them with the infamous People Magazine cover with Miss Heard with a dark bruise on her face."
Depp's Side Of The Story
The actor continued by saying he was a "very private person," adding that "to come up here and sit before you all and spill the truth is quite exposing, and it's unfortunate that it's not only exposing for myself, it's exposing for my family, it's exposing for Miss Heard, it never had to go in this direction."
The Star Was Depp's Other Lawyer
In this trial, Amber Heard's biggest opponent was Camille Vasquez, Depp's attorney.
She told about Heard:
"You may have noticed that no one showed up for Ms. Heard in this courtroom other than her sister."
"This is a woman who burns bridges. Her close friends don't show up for her. Mr. [Ben] Rottenborn tried to discredit Mr. Depp's witnesses by suggesting that they're all on Mr. Depp's payroll. So he doubled down on the hoax theory. That everyone is just lying."
It Was Worth It
Depp has been awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
The first statement came from Amber Heard, saying:
"The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I'm heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband."
"I'm even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously."
"I believe Johnny's attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK."
"I'm sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly."
From England, Johnny Depp issued a statement:
"Six years ago, my life, the lives of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also the lives of the people for many, many years who have supported and believed in me were forever changed. All in the blink of an eye. False, very serious, and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were brought against me. It's had already traveled around the world twice within a nanosecond, and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career."
"And six years later, the hurt gave me my life back. I am truly humbled. My decision to pursue this case, knowing very well the height of the legal hurdles that I would be facing in the inevitable worldwide spectacle into my life, was only made after considerable thought."
"From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something that I owe to my children, and all of those who ever main steadfast in there is a part of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that."