Legendary Hollywood actor Johnny Depp finally found peace as he won a $100 billion defamation case filed by his ex-wife Amber Heard.
After more than six weeks long intensive testimony, a jury in Virginia state announced the ruling terming Heard’s statement false, adding that she act to malign his ex-husband.
The Pirates of The Caribbean star has been awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, said the ruling.
The Jury also awarded Amber Heard $2 million in damages after if found that Depp’s attorney was involved in defaming her.
“The jury gave me my life back,” Johnny Depp in a statement after the ruling was issued in his favour.
Deep said that his life had changed in the blink of an eye after the false allegations were levied at him.
“It 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 jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled,” he added.
“Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me.”
“I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that. I am, and have been, overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and the colossal support and kindness from around the world,” he wrote in the statement shared on Instagram.
“Truth never perishes,” he concluded before heading to a pub to celebrate his victory.
However, Amber Heard termed the verdict a “setback” for women.
“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,” she said in a statement.
“I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback… It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously,” she said.
Johnny Depp had filed a case against Heard over an article published in a newspaper in which she had accused him of domestic abuse. In counter move, Amber Heard filed a $100 million defamation suit against him.