Moments after coming out on top in his dual defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, actor Johnny Depp shared a heartfelt letter on his Instagram as a final word in a battle that began over five years ago.
Here is the letter in its entirety:
Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people, who for many, many years have supported and believed in me were forever changed.All in the blink of an eye.False, very serious, and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had already traveled around the world twice within a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career.And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled.My decision to pursue this case, knowing very well the height of the legal hurdles that I would be facing and the inevitable, worldwide spectacle into my life, was only made after considerable thought.From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that.I am and have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and the colossal support and kindness from around the world. I hope that my quest to have the truth be told will have helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those supporting them never give up. I also hope that the position will now return to innocent until proven guilty, both within the courts and in the media.I wish to acknowledge the noble work of the Judge, the jurors, the court staff, and the Sheriffs who have sacrificed their own time to get to this point, and to my diligent and unwavering legal team who did an extraordinary job in helping me to share the truth.The best is yet to come, and a new chapter has finally begun.Veritas numquam perit.Truth never perishes.
Earlier today, on June 1, 2022, a civil jury in Fairfax, Virginia, ruled all three statements from Ms. Heard’s OpEd in the Washington Post were defamation, published by Heard, and was defamation orchestrated by her with “actual intent. Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $3.35 million in punitive damages.
Heard’s counter case only found one statement made by Depp’s former lawyer Adam Waldman, in place of Depp, in an OpEd published in the DailyMail as defamation, and was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages and $0 in punitive damages.
Depp did not attend the reading of the verdict as he has been in the United Kingdom performing as a musician with Jeff Beck. Click below to read more about that story.
While he has gone on record to say he will never return to the role of Captain Jack Sparrow again for Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, it is unclear what Depp’s next cinematic moves will be. We at Disney Fanatic will update our readers on his next moves as well as other news as it pertains to Disney movies and Disney stars as more developments come to light.