Actor Amber Heard listens in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse." (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)
The verdict is out on the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial. The jury ruled in favor of Depp, granting him $15 million in damages for defamation caused by an op-ed written by Heard for the Washington Post in 2018.
The damages to both Depp and Heard happened well before a trial began. There needs to be a discussion about the consequences to both stars and what it means to those who speak up about abuse:
Viewpoint: Hollywood turned its back on Johnny Depp
Viewpoint: We decided who won the Heard v. Depp trial long before we had any right to; let’s do better