Depp-Heard Trial: ‘Pirates’ Star Awarded 10.35 Million in Damages

A Virginia jury ruled on Wednesday that starlet Amber Heard defamed her ex-husband Johnny Depp in 2018 with the publication of her op-ed in the Washington Post.

Although the seven-member jury found that Depp is entitled to punitive damages of $5 million, Virginia state law limits punitive damages to $350,000. The actual amount to be awarded Depp is $10.35 million.

The seven-person jury deliberated for a total of about 13 hours over three days.

Heard initially filed for divorce from Depp in May 2016, and accused him of domestic violence days later when she requested a temporary restraining order.

The star did not pen her WaPo piece — in her role as “ambassador on women’s rights at the American Civil Liberties Union” — until December 2018, more than two-and-a-half years later.