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Opinion: The two sides of the coin to the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard case

Opinion: The two sides of the coin to the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard case - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

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

 

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Sergio Medina
Editor in Chief
Sergio Medina is a journalism senior and assistant editor for The Mesquite at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He transferred from San Antonio College in December 2021, where he was editor for The Ranger student publication for four years. Sergio’s proclivity for journalism comes from a love for storytelling consisting of movies, video games, books, TV series and comic books. Upon completing his bachelor’s degree, Sergio aims to be part of the journalism machine servicing the community.
Raul Trey Lopez
Assistant Editor
Raul Trey Lopez is a communication junior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He is a first-generation college student. In his spare time, he likes to write in his journals and listen to music. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in sports or music journalism while also maintaining his family flooring business.

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