After a months-long court battle, American actress Amber Heard announced it on Monday has reached a settlement in the trial facing his former partner Johnny Depp for defamationin which she appealed after being convicted.
“After much discussion, I have made the very difficult decision to settle the defamation case filed against me by my ex-husband,” the interpreter said on Instagram. She was married to the actor from 2015 to 2017 and that it did not provide further details on the resolution of the case.
The protagonist of the saga “Pirates of the Caribbean” accused Heard of defaming him in a 2018 op-ed he wrote for the Washington Post.
The jury convicted Heard and awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, which were later reduced to $350,000. The court also awarded Heard $2 million in damages, as she also sued her former partner for defamation.
The trial, in which both accused of assault, has become a media circus.
The actress appealed the ruling on Dec. 7, as her defense said there were numerous mistakes during the trial, such as the court’s refusal to admit various communications between her and some doctors as evidence.
“For too many years, I have been embroiled in an arduous and costly legal process, which has proved incapable of protecting me and my right to free speech. I cannot afford to risk an impossible bill, not only financially but also psychologically, physically and emotional,” Heard said on Instagram on Monday.
In her message, she clarified that she always stood up for her truth and that in doing so, her life as she knew it “was destroyed.”
“Now I finally have the opportunity to emancipate myself from something I tried to leave more than six years ago and to do it on terms I can accept. I have made no concessions. There are no restrictions or gags on my entry into the future,” he said the protagonist. from movies like “Justice League” (2017) or “Aquaman” (2018).
Heard admitted that even if his US appeals process had ended in his favor, it would have meant going through a retrial, something he did not see himself capable of doing a third time.
“By reaching an agreement, I also choose the freedom to spend my time on what helped me heal after my divorce,” said the interpreter, who said she did not regret taking the step of publicly denouncing the what happened: “My voice is still the most valuable asset I have,” he concluded.
Charles Hurd is an entertainment journalist for News Rebeat. He brings a fresh and engaging voice to the world of pop culture, covering the latest developments in film, television, music, and more.