in a court session
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in a court session
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About a month and two weeks ago, testimonies and wall to wall media coverage on the lawsuit by Jonny Depp against former wife Amber Heard, has finally come to an end as the Jury sided with Depp.

The court ruled in favor of the actor, saying that Heard made her allegations "with actual malice."

The Judge awarded $10 million dollars to Johnny Depp in compensatory damages, plus $5 million in punitive damages.

Since there's a cap on punitive damages in Virginia, she'll only have to pay $350,000 of that $5 million.

Heard did score a minor victory herself, with the jury deciding statements made by Depp's lawyer Adam Waldman were defamatory and awarded her $2 million in compensatory damages.

Heard was in the courtroom as the decision was read, while Depp, who was spotted at a few concerts in the UK over the past week, did not show.

Both actors released statements to the press after the verdict, before celebrities started to chime in on social media.

"The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I'm heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband, I'm even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously." Read Heard’s statement.

She continued, "I believe Johnny's attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK, I'm sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly."

Depp released a statement as well, saying that after six years of fighting, "the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled."

"My decision to pursue this case, knowing very well the height of the legal hurdles that I would be facing and the inevitable, worldwide spectacle into my life, was only made after considerable thought," he continued. "Speaking the truth was something that I owed my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that."

He concluded, "The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun."

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