On Wednesday, June 1, American actor Johnny Depp received his defamation trial in opposition to his former spouse Amber Heard, with Heard additionally dropping the vast majority of her countersuit. Watched by hundreds of thousands, the televised court docket battle is among the most well-known defamation instances of all time, with the hashtag #justiceforjohnnydepp receiving round 19 billion views on TikTok. But what’s the story behind the Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard trial? And what different excessive profile defamation trials have brought about a stir in recent times?
Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard
After marrying at a personal ceremony in 2015, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard break up the next 12 months. Two years later, in 2018, Heard wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post wherein she described her expertise of home violence, although didn’t point out Depp’s identify.
“I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out,” Heard wrote. “We have an opening now to bolster and build institutions protective of women. For starters, Congress can reauthorise and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act.”
Following the publication of Heard’s op-ed, Depp sued Heard for defamation, looking for $50 million in damages. Depp claimed Heard was not the sufferer of home abuse, however as a substitute the perpetrator, although 2020 noticed Depp lose a UK libel lawsuit in opposition to the Sun over an article wherein the British tabloid known as him a “wife-beater.”
In 2021, Heard countersued for $100 million, claiming that she was solely ever violent towards Depp in defence of herself or her sister. The countersuit centred on three feedback that Depp’s former lawyer Adam Waldman made to the Daily Mail in 2020, wherein he known as Heard’s allegations of abuse a “hoax.”
On April 11 2022, the Depp vs Heard defamation trial started, with each Heard and Depp showing in court docket in Fairfax County, Virginia. Depp’s attorneys labored to deconstruct Heard’s claims of abuse, whereas Heard’s attorneys targeted on Depp’s previous drug and alcohol use, in addition to textual content messages and recordings, claiming Depp was violent towards his ex-wife.
Several weeks later, on June 1, the jury unanimously discovered that Heard couldn’t show her claims in opposition to her former husband and that she knew her claims of abuse had been false when she printed her op-ed in 2018. Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
The jury additionally dominated that Depp, by means of his former lawyer, defamed Heard on one depend and Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages, although nothing in punitive damages.
“From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome,” Depp mentioned in an announcement.
“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.”
JK Rowling vs Daily Mail
In 2014, JK Rowling sued British newspaper the Daily Mail for publishing an article claiming the Harry Potter creator was mendacity a couple of story she had informed in an article for the one dad and mom’ charity, Gingerbread.
In the article, Rowling revealed her expertise of being stigmatised by members of her church for being a single mom. Soon after the article was printed, the Daily Mail launched a chunk suggesting the creator had made false claims in opposition to the church members, titled “How JK’s sob story about her single mother’s past surprised and confused the church members who cared for her.”
When Rowling sued the Daily Mail for libel, it was compelled to pay her “substantial damages” and was required to challenge a public apology:
“Our September 28, 2013 article ‘How JK’s sob story about her single mother past surprised and confused the church members who cared for her’ suggested that JK Rowling made a knowingly false and inexcusable claim in an article for the Gingerbread charity that people at her church had stigmatised her and cruelly taunted her for being a single mother,” the Daily Mail wrote.
“In fact, Mrs Rowling recounted only one incident where a visitor to the church stigmatised and taunted her on a particular day. We accept that Ms Rowling’s article did not contain any false claims and apologise for any contrary suggestion and have agreed to pay substantial damages to Ms Rowling, which she is donating to charity, and a contribution to her legal costs.”
Brangelina vs News Of The World
In 2010, American actors and then-husband and spouse Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie filed a criticism following a sequence of articles in News Corp’s magazines, claiming the couple had been divorcing. The publication printed a front-page story on the couple and went so far as to counsel that that they had already met with divorce attorneys to start thrashing out a deal to divide their property of £205 million.
Pitt and Jolie introduced their libel motion by means of London attorneys Shillings in opposition to News Group Newspapers, the News International subsidiary that publishes the News of the World.
After the courts dominated in favour of the superstar couple, News Corp admitted that its tales had been based mostly on falsehood and agreed to pay an unrevealed sum of cash in damages and authorized charges to a charity of the couple’s selection.
“When the News of the World failed to publicly retract the allegations and apologise for them – thereby leaving their readers in the dark as to the true position – the couple felt they had no alternative than to sue,” Schillings commented post-trial.
“Today’s victory marks the end of the litigation brought by Brad and Angelina.”