The trial of the year has finally come to a close. In review, Johnny Depp filed a defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard for $50 million after she wrote an op-ed for “The Washington Post” in 2018 in which she called herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” She then countersued him for $100 million.
After Friday’s closing arguments, Johnny’s attorney tried to have something Ambers lawyer said disregarded by the jury. After Camille Vasquez told jurors that they had to “either believe all of it, or none of it” when it came to her allegations of domestic abuse and sexual assault against her client, Ben Rottenborn said in his argument, “Ruling against Amber here sends a message that no matter what you do as an abuse victim, you aways have to do more. No matter what you document, you always have to document more.” The judge denied the motion.
When the verdict came in, and it’s a win for Johnny. The jury awarded him $10 million in compensatory damages and another $5 million in punitive damages. But Amber got something, too – $2 million in compensatory damages in her countersuit.