Johnny Depp posts statement after winning his case against Amber Heard

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Johnny Depp has shared a statement on Instagram after winning his defamation case against ex-wife, Amber Heard. He has been awarded $10 million in compensation and $350,000 in punitive damages, while Amber has been awarded $2 million by way of compensation as a result of one cause of action on her counterclaim.

Via his statement, Depp said he is "truly humbled" to have been given his life back by the jury: "Six year ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me and also the lives of the people, who for many, many years have supported and believed in me, were forever changed. All in the blink of an eye.

False, very serious and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had already travelled around the world twice within a millisecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and career. And six years later, 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 made only after considerable thought. From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome [...] I feel at peace knowing I have accomplished that."

Photo credit: STEVE HELBER - Getty Images
Photo credit: STEVE HELBER - Getty Images

Depp added that he has been "overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, support and kindness" during this time and said he hopes the narrative will now shift towards the stance of "innocent until proven guilty".

He also wrote that he hopes his coming forward will encourage others "men or women, who have found themselves in my situation" to do the same.

After the verdict was announced, a member of Depp's legal team, Camille Vasquez, said outside the court room, "Today's verdict has confirmed what we have said from the beginning... we are grateful, so grateful, to the jury, to the judge and court staff who have donated an enormous amount of time and resources to this case."

Amber Heard also shared a statement shortly after the case drew to a close and said it was a 'setback for women' everywhere. "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."

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