Amber Heard reacts after losing $15M lawsuit to Depp

Published on: June 2, 2022 (Updated on: April 22, 2024)

Amber Heard reacts after losing $15M defamation lawsuit to ex-husband, Johnny Depp

American Actress, Amber Heard has lost the $15Million defamation lawsuit filed against her by her ex-husband, Johnny Depp.

The estranged couple who met on a movie set and got married on 3rd February 2015, split up sometime in April 2016 after Amber filed for a divorce and obtained a restraining order against Depp, alleging the actor physically abused her.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's divorce was finalized in 2017, that is a year after she filed. After which Heard received the sum of $7M from the divorce. In 2018, Amber made an article in The Washington Post about the treatment of women in domestic abuse cases, during which she implied she was a victim.

In 2019, Depp slammed Amber with a defamation lawsuit of $50M over the Washington Post article citing that she wasn't a victim but an abuser. The case which has been on for two years came to a close today being 1st June 2022, with the jury ruling in Johnny Depp's favour.

Amber's Response to the defamation lawsuit

Amber Heard took to her Twitter handle to express her disappointment, following the outcome of the case.

Amber Heard's statement after losing $15M defamation lawsuit to ex-husband, Johnny Depp

Read her reaction below:

"The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I'm heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up yo the disproportionate power influence, and sway of my ex-husband.
I am 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 that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American to speak freely and openly".

Johnny Depp on the other hand whose acting career went down the drain following his loss of numerous endorsements, and movie lead roles and received so many attacks both physically and online, has expressed profound gratitude to the Jury for giving him his life back.

Johnny Depp's statement after the jury awarded him $15 million dollars in the defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard

Read his statement as published by New York Times below:

“False, very serious and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, and six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled. 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 owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me.”

Netizens' reactions to the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp defamation lawsuit

The social media community has been in a frenzy as various individuals give their opinions on the Jury's ruling.

While some are satisfied with how it all turned out, others are afraid of the effect and impact, as this outcome may make it difficult for women who are truly victims of domestic abuse to speak up for fear of not being believed.

Read some of their responses below:

Tweet in response to Amber Heard and Johnny Depp defamation lawsuit
Tweet in response to Amber Heard and Johnny Depp defamation lawsuit from Faith
Tweet in response to Amber Heard and Johnny Depp defamation lawsuit from Laurie Penny

Disney Channel fans have also petitioned for Amber to be removed from the yet to be completed sequel of Aquaman 2 where she played 'Mera', The petition has received over 2,000 signatures so far.

The question most people are asking is:

Will Disney succumb to the petitions and pressure from fans?
Will $15M be the only thing Amber would be losing?