Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes about various topics including celebrities and entertainment.
This article is not to agree or disagree with anything that was brought out in the trial about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's toxic marriage. It was a high-profile trial that lasted for six weeks with lots of media attention.
What captured so many people over the duration of the trial was that both celebrities were suing each other.
Below are some statistics about the short marriage and the long trial.
Timeline of Marriage and Divorce
2009-2011. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met in 2009 while filming The Rum Diary. They began dating in 2011.
2014. Depp and Heard became engaged in January 2014.
February 3, 2015. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard got married on February 3, 2015, in a private ceremony in their Los Angeles home.
May 2016. Amber Heard filed for divorce and obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she accused him of abuse. In one reported instance, Depp and his lawyers denied Heard’s abuse allegations and insisted it was Heard and not Depp who was the abusive one during their 15-month marriage.
August 2016. The couple divorced in August 2016. They were married for less than two years, but they have been at odds with each other for four years.
According to Page Six, the celebrity couple settled their divorce five months before it was actually finalized. The settlement included Depp awarding $7 million to Heard. The actress promised to split the entire amount between the ACLU and the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. It was later reported that she donated only a portion of the amount.
January 13, 2017. The couple's divorce was finalized on January 13, 2017.
Timeline of Legal Battle
December 2018. Amber Heard wrote an article that was posted in The Washington Post. She wrote that she was a survivor of domestic abuse. Heard did not name her ex-husband in the op-ed, but Depp's lawyers say it was implied.
March 2019. Depp filed a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife for $50 million in damages. His reason was that he did not get acting jobs because of his 36-year-old ex-wife's article in The Washington Post.
August 2020. Heard filed a countersuit against Depp for $100 million. Her reason was that Depp was trying to ruin her reputation, including trying to get her fired from her role in Aquaman.
November 2020. Depp sued the publishers of the British tabloid The Sun for calling him a "wife beater" in a headline in April 2018. The actor lost that case that was tried in England. He was denied an appeal, but he maintains that he was never violent toward Heard.
April 11, 2022. Depp’s defamation case began on April 11, in Fairfax, Virginia. Many people wondered why the trial was in Virginia, where neither one of the actors lived. The answer is a simple one. The newspaper that printed the op-ed is located in Fairfax, Virginia. Therefore, it was the most logical place for the trial. Besides, it was
June 1, 2022. The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard six-week trial came to an end. Heard was found liable on three counts and was ordered to pay $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Penney Azcarate reduced the punitive damages the jury awarded Depp to $350,000, Virginia's legal limit. Therefore, Depp was awarded a total of $10.4 million for damages. He filed for $50 million.
Heard was awarded a much lower amount than her ex-husband. She was awarded only $2 million compensatory, and no money punitively. Her request was for $100 million.
Johnny Depp's Remarks
Depp thanked Virginia for giving him his life back after six years that not only affected him, but what he went through also had an impact on his family, friends, and fans who had supported him. He concluded that the best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun.
He added, "Veritas numquam perit" which means, "Truth never perishes."
Many people supported Depp during the trial. Some have already posted on social media that they believe the decision had the "best possible outcome." Not all social media users celebrated the outcome of the trial. Some people expressed their concern about the verdict. They fear what it could mean for similar cases of alleged abuse within a marriage.
Amber Heard's Comments
After the verdict was revealed, Heard released a statement indicating that she is disappointed beyond words. She said that she is heartbroken. She added that she is more disappointed about what the verdict will mean for other women. She concluded that it is a setback for women.
In summary, Heard said she was disappointed, heartbroken, disappointed, and saddened about the verdict after a seven-person jury unanimously ruled in favor of Depp.