Stars including Naomi Campbell, Amy Schumer and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry have since spoken out Johnny Depp wins defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard.
On Wednesday, the jury confirmed they had reached a verdict unanimously, granting the Pirates of the Caribbean actor – who was not in court – $10 million (£8 million) in compensatory damages, and $5 million in punitive damages. (£4 million) was awarded. ,
Heard, 36, won one of his three defamation claims against Depp and was awarded a $2 million (£1.6 million) award.
Following the verdict, Depp shared a statement on social media, to which millions reacted.
Among them was model Naomi, who commented on a string of heart emojis with Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson.
Aerosmiths Joe, who is part of the Hollywood Vampire Band with Depp, also commented on the hearts as well as the thumbs up emoji.
Musician Ryan Adams, who has faced allegations of sexual misconduct, which he has denied, also backed Depp.
Comedian Amy did not mention Heard by name, but shared a quote supporting him.
She shared: “Any woman who chooses to be treated like a perfect human being should be warned that the forces of the status quo will treat her as a dirty joke… she will need her brotherhood.” ” – Gloria Steinem.’
After the verdict, Hurd said in a statement: ‘The disappointment I feel today is beyond words.
‘I am saddened that the mountain of evidence was still not enough to withstand the disproportionate power, influence and sway of my ex-husband.
‘I’m even more disappointed at what this decision means to other women. This is a blow.
‘It sets back a time when a woman who spoke and spoke could be publicly shamed and humiliated.
‘This leaves behind the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.
‘I believe that Johnny’s lawyer was successful in getting the jury to ignore the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore the evidence, which was so conclusive that we won in the UK.
‘I am sorry that I lost this case. But I am still sad that I feel I have lost a right as an American – to speak freely and openly.’
Metro.co.uk Understands that Hurd plans to appeal the decision.
Depp said: ‘Six years ago, my life, the lives of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also the lives of those who supported and believed in me for many years, were forever changed.
‘Everything in a blink of an eye. False, very serious and criminal charges were leveled against me through the media, triggering an endless stream of hate material, although no charges were ever leveled against me.
‘It had already traveled around the world twice within nanoseconds and it had a seismic effect on my life and my career. And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am really humble.
‘My decision to pursue this matter, I was well faced with at the height of the legal hurdles and the inevitable, worldwide spectacle in my life, was made only after much consideration.
‘From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this matter to light was to uncover the truth, regardless of the outcome.’
‘Speaking the truth was something I did for my children and all those who have stood firm in my support. I feel at peace knowing that I have finally made it through,’ he continued.
‘I am overwhelmed, and overwhelmed, by the love and the immense support and kindness from around the world. I hope that my quest to speak the truth has helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my position, and those who support them, have never given up.
‘I also hope that the situation will now be cleared up by the time he is proven guilty both in court and in the media.
‘I want to acknowledge the noble cause of the judge, jurors, court staff and sheriff who have sacrificed their time to get to this point, and the extraordinary work my hardworking and unwavering legal team has done in helping me. share the truth.
‘The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun. Veritas Nucum Perit. Truth is never destroyed.’
Depp has since been seen celebrating with Jeff Beck and Sam Fender at a pub in Newcastle.
The actor sued his ex-wife for $50 million (£39 million) over an op-ed he wrote in 2018 about his experiences with domestic violence.
While the Washington Post article did not name Depp, his team argued that it meant he was sexually and physically abusive during their relationship – something they have vehemently denied.
The Aquaman actress later retorted, demanding $100 million (£79 million) in damages and claiming he insulted her by calling her a liar.
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