(CMR) Johnny Depp won his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard on Wednesday and was awarded $15 million in damages.
Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages in his defamation suit. The jury also awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages.
Depp sued Heard for defamation for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Depp was not named in the article, but he claimed it cost him lucrative acting roles.
Heard countersued for $100 million for statements Depp's attorney made about her abuse claims. Heard and Depp met in 2009 and were married from 2015 to 2016.
The defamation trial has been underway since April, and jurors have heard over 100 hours of testimony from dozens of witnesses, including Depp and Heard.
The jury found that Heard acted with actual malice in publishing the op-ed in The Washington Post.
The jury found that he was in the right on all three counts brought by Depp's legal team, awarding him $15 million in compensation. Heard's countersuit was successful on one count, and she was awarded $2 million.