After Johnny Depp won his defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard on Wednesday, the two immediately released statements of triumph and disappointment.
The jury found that Heard had defamed Depp on three occasions and awarded the “Fantastic Beasts” star $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. However, the punitive damages were immediately reduced to $350,000 by Judge per state law.
Heard, who was awarded $2 million in her countersuit, shared her disappointment about the verdict and the effect it could have on victims of abuse.
“I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband,”she wrote on social media.
“I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously.
The “Aquaman” star, who was involved in a previous libel case in the U.K., said she believed Depp’s attorneys “succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK.”