Amber Heard has made the “very difficult decision” to settle her multi-million dollar defamation case against ex-husband Johnny Depp.
The Aquaman star said the decision was “not an act of concession” but an opportunity to resolve the situation “on terms that I can agree to”.
The incident comes less than a month after Ms Heard sought to appeal the verdict in a legal battle against Mr Depp, arguing it would have a “chilling” impact on other women.
The actress was sued by Mr Depp for a 2018 article she wrote for The Washington Post about her experiences as a domestic violence survivor, which his attorney said that he slandered that he was an abuser.
In June of this year, a jury in Fairfax County Court ruled in Mr. Depp’s favor and he was awarded $10.3 million for damaging his reputation.
In an Instagram statement, posted on Monday, Ms Heard wrote: “After much consideration, I have made the very difficult decision to resolve the defamation lawsuit filed by my ex-husband in Virginia. sued me.
“It is important for me to say that I never chose this. I defended my truth and in doing so my life as I knew it was ruined.
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“The detractors I face on social media are an amplified version of the way women fall victim when they come forward.
“Now I finally have the chance to free myself from what I tried to give up over six years ago and on terms that I can agree to.
“I didn’t admit it. This is not an act of concession. There are no restrictions or jokes on my voice going forward.”
Ms Heard went on to praise the UK’s justice system, saying she felt “vindicated” by the “strong, impartial and fair system” when she appeared to give evidence in the case. Mr. Depp’s 2020 against News Group Newspapers Ltd.
“When I stood before a judge in the UK, I was vindicated by a strong, objective and fair system where I was protected from having to give my worst moments of testimony. before the world media, and where the court found that I was subjected to domestic and sexual violence,” she said.
“In the United States, however, I expended almost all of my resources before and during a trial where I faced a courtroom in which there was a great deal of direct, corroborating evidence. mine were excluded and where fame and power were more important than reason and due process.
“Meanwhile, I was faced with a kind of humiliation that I simply couldn’t live with.
“Even if my US appeal is successful, the best outcome will be a retrial in which a new jury will have to review the evidence. I simply can’t go through that a third time.
She added: “For many years, I have been imprisoned in an arduous and expensive legal process, which shows it cannot protect me and my freedom of expression.
“I cannot risk an impossible bill – one that is not only financially but psychologically, physically and emotionally. Women shouldn’t have to face abuse or bankruptcy for speaking their truth, but unfortunately, that’s not uncommon.”
A representative for Mr Depp has been contacted for comment.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/amber-heard-drops-appeal-against-10m-johnny-depp-defamation-award-but-insists-i-wont-be-gagged-42230513.html Amber Heard refuses to appeal $10 million Johnny Depp defamation award but insists: ‘I won’t be silenced’