Today’s verdict confirms what we have said from the beginning, that the claims against Johnny Depp are defamatory and unsupported by any evidence. We are grateful, so grateful to the jury for their careful deliberation, to the judge and the court staff who have devoted an enormous amount of time and resources towards this case.
— Camille Vasquez, an associate at Brown Rudnick, in comments given outside of the courthouse following a favorable verdict in Johnny Depp’s defamation case against his ex-wife, Amber Heard. The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, but Judge Penney Azcarate reduced the punitive damages to $350,000, Virginia’s statutory cap. The jury awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages in her defamation countersuit. She plans to appeal.
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