Aquaman’s Amber Heard and Johnny Depp Settle Defamation Lawsuit

Aquaman actress Amber Heard posted a statement on her Instagram account which says her defamation lawsuit against ex-husband Johnny Depp has now reached a settlement.

  • Amber Heard has finally settled the defamation case against her ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp.
  • Back in 2019, Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp filed a lawsuit against Amber Heard for an op-ed she published in the Washington Post.
  • After a chain of events, Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages along with $5 million in punitive damages.

If you thought you had read enough headlines about the drama that surrounded the infamous celebrity lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, this might bring a smile to your face. It seems that this $50 million defamation suit that dates back to 2018 has finally covered its final lap.

Heard took to her Instagram to shed light on her “decision to settle the defamation case,” followed by “a great deal of deliberation.” The actor also stated that her statement is “not an act of concession.”

Heard had filed an appeal for the defamation lawsuit in earlier December 2022 but stated on Monday that “even if [her] U.S. appeal is successful, the best outcome would be a re-trial where a new jury would have to consider the evidence again,” as reported by CNN.

Her ex-husband Johhny Depp had filed a lawsuit against the actress for an op-ed she published in the Washington Post in 2018. The actress had described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse,” indirectly pointing to Depp.

Ms. Heard filed a countersuit. As per the reports, Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. However, a Virginia judge reduced the punitive damages to $350,000 because of statutory limits.

On the other hand, Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages with no amount given in punitive damages for her cross-complaint, which alleged defamation over statements Depp’s attorney made about her domestic violence claims.