Amber Heard settles defamation lawsuit against Johnny Depp

Amber Heard has settled her defamation lawsuit against her ex-husband Johnny Depp, she announced in an Instagram post on Monday.

Heard, 36, described the decision to settle with Depp, 59, as “very difficult,” adding that it came after “a great deal of deliberation.”

“It’s important for me to say that I never chose this. I stood up for my right, and in doing so destroyed my life as I knew it. The defamation I encountered on social media is an amplified version of the ways women are re-victimized when they come forward,” Heard wrote. .

In her statement, Heard portrayed the settlement as a last resort, describing it as “an opportunity to free myself from something I’ve tried to let go for over six years and on terms I can agree to.”

“I made no confession. This is not an act of concession. There are no restrictions or gags in terms of my voice moving forward,” she added.

The terms of the settlement were not immediately clear.

The settlement comes months after a weeks-long televised trial, which culminated in jurors discovering that Heard had defamed Depp by writing a 2018 opinion piece for the Washington Post describing her as a victim of domestic violence but not mentioning Depp by name. The judgment awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages; Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages but none in punitive damages.

In her statement, Heard drew a contrast between the way her case was conducted in the UK and the US, writing that she had “lost faith in the American legal system, where my unprotected testimony was fodder for entertainment and social media.”

During the trial, posts on TikTok and Twitter seemed to favor Depp greatly. Heard’s support was hard to find.

She wrote that in the UK, “I was acquitted by a strong, fair and just system, where I was protected from having to give the worst moments of my testimony before the world’s media, and where the court found I had been subjected to domestic and sexual violence.”

However, in the United States, “I had exhausted nearly all my resources before and during a trial in which I was subjected to a courtroom in which abundant and direct evidence in support of my testimony was excluded and in which popularity and authority were more important than reason and due process.” “Meanwhile, I experienced a kind of humiliation that I simply cannot relive.”

Heard said settling the case would allow her to spend her time “productively and meaningfully.”

β€œFor many years I have been locked in an arduous and expensive legal process, which has proven incapable of protecting me and my right to free speech. I cannot afford to risk an impossible bill – a bill not only financial, but also psychological, physical and emotional.” “A woman should not face abuse or bankruptcy for speaking her truth, but unfortunately it is not uncommon.”

Heard thanked her supporters and attorneys for their work on the case, and vowed that she would “not be threatened, discouraged, or dissuaded by what happened to telling the truth.”

“No one can and will not take it from me,” she wrote. “My voice will forever remain my most valuable asset.”

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