Johnny Depp won 15 million dollars in defamation trial against ex wife Amber Heard.
The jury of five men and two women returned its verdict on Wednesday after nearly 13 hours of deliberation spread over three days at the district court in Fairfax, Virginia.
Mr Depp was not in court for the verdict but watched it on TV from the United Kingdom, where he is working and was spotted in a pub in Newcastle. Ms Heard was present for the reading of the verdict.
Mr Depp sued his ex-wife Ms Heard for $50m claiming she defamed him in an op-ed for The Washington Post where she described herself as a victim of domestic abuse.
Ms Heard countersued her former husband for $100m claiming he launched a “smear campaign” against her.
“There is an abuser in this courtroom but it is not Mr Depp,” said attorney Camille Vasquez.
“And there is a victim of domestic abuse in this courtroom but it is not Ms Heard.”
Ms Vasquez said that Mr Depp suffered “persistent verbal, physical and emotional abuse” at the hands of Ms Heard and that, after the relationship ended, she continued the abuse by “falsely” accusing him of domestic abuse.
“What is at stake in this trial is a man’s good name. Even more than that what is at stake in this trial is a man’s life,” she said.