Jurors in the U.S. state of Virginia found that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard had slandered each other in public statements.
Depp, 58, sued his ex-wife for $ 50 million, won all three of his claims and received $ 10.4 million in damages.
In turn, Heard, 36, sued her ex-husband and demanded $ 100 million in damages. But he won only one of three lawsuits against Depp and will receive $ 2 million.
Now that the courtroom drama is over, here are the answers to three questions about what these verdicts will be:
What damage should Depp and Hart pay for?
Civil courts award plaintiffs compensation for their pain and suffering or for damages incurred after an accident.
Compensation is intended to compensate the claimant for actual losses, including future profits.
Penal damages are intended to punish the defendant for negligent actions and prevent him from repeating the same violation.
The tribunal initially awarded Depp $ 10 million in damages and $ 5 million in fines.
Judge Benny Asgaret reduced the latter amount to $ 350,000 to meet Virginia’s legal damages limit, so Heard now owes him $ 10.4 million.
Heard, meanwhile, was awarded $ 2 million in damages, but no penal damages, far from $ 100 million in her counterclaim.
Resume can ask Judgment?
The arbitral tribunal in Fairfax, Virginia, sided with Depp’s version of the story.
The seven-member panel said in its ruling that Heard had slandered her ex-husband with “false” statements about their relationship. They also said the statements were made with “real treachery” – that is, with irresponsible negligence or carelessness.
The question was won in a way: Depp’s lawyer wrote a statement to the Daily Mail in 2020 calling the allegations of abuse a hoax.
Responding to the verdict, the actress described it as “a disappointment that cannot be described in words” and “heart broken”.
It is now possible to appeal the arbitral award – and a spokesman said he planned to do so.
But until new evidence or evidence emerges in the wake of this massive six-week court drama, the appeal could have little impact on Wednesday’s conclusion.
How Rich Are Deb and Hart?
Deb has been successful since he became a star in his childhood and became one of the highest paid actors in the world.
He is said to have earned $ 300 million from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie rights alone.
His total assets are currently estimated at about $ 150 million.
Heard was able to make a name for himself in films such as “The Danish Girl” and “Aqua Man”, the sequel he plans to star in next year. But his acting career started recently.
Although her net worth is not clear, it is much less than her ex-husband’s value. Some sources claim that her wealth is around eight million dollars, while other sources suggest that the actress may be in debt.
If he compensates Depp (more than $ 10 million), he will only get $ 2 million out of it, which could have serious financial consequences.
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