Johnny Depp emerged victorious in his defamation suit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. The jury's verdict came as a huge shock to many, with Depp getting awarded $15 million in damages from Heard.
The court decided that his ex-wife had defamed him with her claims that he was violent toward her during their time together.
Heard did not walk away empty-handed: she won one count of her countersuit and received an award of $2 million.
Soon after the decision, the two Hollywood celebrities issued statements expressing their thoughts on the verdict.
Depp, in his statement, said that his life and that of his children had been changed forever six years earlier when "false, very serious and criminal allegations" were made against him through the media.
He asserted that, due to the claims made against him, he was subjected to a lot of hateful content, even though no charges were ever made against him.
The allegations, the Pirates of the Caribbean star claimed, had a "seismic impact" on his life and career. He went on to express his satisfaction with the court's decision:
"... six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled."
In his statement, the actor explained that he chose to pursue the case after serious consideration since he knew it would come with many legal hurdles and cause a "worldwide spectacle."
Depp clarified that, from the very beginning of the case, his purpose was to reveal the truth regardless of how the case ended. He felt that he owed his children the truth, as well as those who never wavered in their support of him.
With the jury's verdict, he felt that he had achieved this goal. The actor went on to claim that the case was a legal test of "innocent until proven guilty."
His statement also took note of the support he got from his fans during the trial:
"I am and have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and the colossal support and kindness from around the world. I hope that my quest to have the truth be told will have helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those supporting them never give up."
In his statement, he also expressed a wish that he was now in a position of being innocent until proven guilty within the courts and in the media.
Depp was also eager to start the next chapter of his life. He felt that "the best is yet to come" At the end of his statement, he said, "Truth never perishes."
Amber also made a statement. She claimed that the jury's verdict was a violation of her First Amendment rights.
It is not clear if Heard will be appealing the jury's verdict.