After Johnny Depp won the defamation lawsuit in the US against his ex-wife Amber Heard, let’s see why Johnny Depp lost to The Sun in the UK, but won against Amber Heard in the US?
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In 2020, Johnny Depp lost his allegation in the UK against The Sun newspaper after his ex-wife Amber Heard presented evidence proving he was a ‘wife beater’.
Fast-forward to June 2022, and the Pirates of the Caribbean actor won a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against his ex-wife Heard after a Virginia jury ruled a 2018 article was published on The Washington Post is defamatory.
Depp was awarded $15 million by the court — including $10 million in punitive damages and an additional $5 million in punitive damages — but the judge limited the total amount of damages to limits. legal, resulting in a total of $10.35 million.
Meanwhile, Heard was awarded $2 million in his match against Depp.
Although a seven-person jury ruled in favor of Heard on one count in her case against Depp, the actor described the decision as a vindication, and his ex-wife said it was ‘ a disappointment’.
Heard’s evidence was rejected by a jury in Virginia although many, including legal experts, argued that Depp had a weaker chance of winning following the loss in England.
Why did Johnny Depp lose to Sun in the UK, but beat Amber Heard in the US?
According to international media lawyer Mark Stephens, the fact that the US case is heard before a jury while the UK trial is heard before a judge has huge implications for Depp’s victory. .
Speaking to The Guardian, Stephens revealed Depp’s lawyers were able to ‘focus on Heard’ before the jury.
“Because the US trial takes place before a jury, it allows Depp’s lawyers to focus on Heard,” a tactic that was rejected by the British judge.
“They deny that they [their client] did anything, they denied they were the real perpetrators, and they attacked the credibility of the individual who voiced the abuse, then reversed the roles of victim and offender. “
Mr Stephens said that Heard’s legal team also made some ‘tactical mistakes’ and was overtaken by a group of more experienced lawyers who were quickly followed by social media users on a daily basis. praise.
“Heard’s team isn’t primarily defamation lawyers and they’re beaten in every respect,” said Stephens.
“They were up against a very strong team for Depp.”
Elsewhere, Stephens argued that social media was used to ‘sabotage Heard’s case’ and promote Depp’s case.
“What we’ve seen in the US on this case is an overwhelming case for Depp on social media. It’s like an anti-Heard campaign.”
For example, on the viral social media platform, TikTok, the hashtag #justiceforjohnnydepp received more than 19 billion views in six weeks of testing.
Speaking to The Guardian, Persephone Bridgman Baker, an associate of defamation experts Carter-Ruck, argued that the jury simply believed in Depp’s case.
“There seems to be no clearer explanation than that the jury only believed Depp’s evidence during the proceedings in the United States, or, if you accept that the Darvo strategy was used, the jury The crew accepted it,” they said.
“There is more evidence in the US proceedings of Heard’s credibility than judges in the UK give him less weight: it may have been a deliberate strategic decision by the Depp team.
“While the UK proceeding judge decided Heard was a credible witness, that additional evidence may have shaken the jury,” she said.
Depp is ‘unharmed’ after a resounding victory
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After his win, Depp said he was ‘really humbled’ by the jury’s verdict, saying the charges had a ‘seismic shock’ to his life and career.
“From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome,” he said.
“Speaking of the truth is something that I owe to my children and all those who have steadfastly supported me.
“I feel at peace knowing that I’ve finally accomplished it.”
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Meanwhile, Heard said she was ‘heartbroken’ by the conclusion.
The Aquaman actress said it ‘sets the clock back to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke up could be publicly shamed and humiliated’..
“I’m sad that I lost this case. But I’m sadder that I seem to have lost the right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly.”
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