June 28, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Republicans posted on Twitter a brief video of a scene from Depp’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’
  • The jury mentioned that Heard’s op-ed contained a number of false statements
  • The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages

Republicans within the Home Judiciary Committee on Thursday signaled help for actor Johnny Depp after the latter received his defamation case in opposition to actress Amber Heard. 

In a tweet, Republicans posted a brief video of a scene from Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” as Choose Penney Azcarte learn the decision to each events within the case.  

For context, Depp sued former wife Heard after she wrote a 2018 Washington Post opinion article whereby the Aquaman actress described herself as a “sufferer of home abuse.” Whereas Heard didn’t point out the actor by identify, Depp sued her for defamation and sought $50 million in damages. 

Heard later filed a countersuit, claiming she had been defamed in 2020 after certainly one of Depp’s legal professionals on the time dismissed her abuse accusations as a “hoax.” She sought $100 million in damages. 

The defamation trial lasted six weeks. The seven-person jury started deliberating Friday final week earlier than discovering each Heard and Depp chargeable for defamation. 

The jury mentioned they discovered that Heard’s op-ed contained a number of false statements that had been made with precise malice. The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

The jury additionally awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages and no cash for punitive damages. Heard was seen retaining her eyes down whereas the decision was being learn. Sources near the actress advised Leisure Weekly that Heard plans to enchantment the decision. 

The Home Judiciary Committee’s publish on Tuesday was not the primary time lawmakers appeared to touch upon subjects associated to Hollywood. In March, a number of politicians additionally took to Twitter to touch upon the slap incident involving Will Smith and Chris Rock on the Oscars. Some lawmakers, resembling Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., referred to as for civility following the “obnoxious episode.”

“The obnoxious episode on the Oscars stage final night time encapsulates the very mean-spiritedness and erosion of self-control which might be spreading in our streets, our colleges, and our society. Each are ailments for which we’d like an ethical vaccination,” Phillips wrote. 

Different lawmakers, together with Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., in contrast the slap incident to President Joe Biden’s vitality coverage and its impact on American customers.

Johnny Depp testifying in the course of the defamation case he filed in opposition to his ex-wife Amber Heard Picture: POOL by way of AFP / Steve Helber

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