Amber Heard and her ex-husband Johnny Depp have been in a legal battle for the last several weeks in Fairfax County, Virginia. The jury decided in favor of Depp on three counts and awarded him $15 million in compensation.
This court case was one of the most watched and talked about court cases in Hollywood history. Heard allegedly defecated in Depp's bed and had an affair with James Franco. Depp claimed that, although he struggled with substance abuse, he never physically abused Heard. Upon the jury's reveal of the verdict, Depp released a statement sharing his gratitude and joy that his name could be cleared.
Heard released her own statement on Twitter stating her disappointment with the end result of their trial.
Amber Heard Says Losing Her Court Case Against Johnny Depp Is "a Setback" for Women Everywhere
Virtually everyone online was Team Depp throughout the trial, especially considering Heard's wretched performance on the stand, complete with fake tears and scrunched-up facial expressions. For anyone who actually watched parts of the trial, her statement is particularly silly.
"The disappointment I feel today is beyond words," she wrote in her statement. "I'm heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband."
Heard said she is especially disappointed with this verdict because of what it "means for other women," which is especially rich because she was caught staging a crime scene to make her ex-husband's abuse look real. What a slap in the face to women who have endured real domestic abuse.
"It is a setback," she continued. "It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously."
She believes Depp's legal team was successful in "getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK." Heard claimed that she is extremely sad that she "lost a right I thought I had as an American—to speak freely and openly."
This is gaslighting 101. Free speech is certainly a God-given right in the U.S., but there's a limit to what you can say publicly, especially when it pertains to lying about a public figure and defaming them to the point where they lose professional work. It's safe to say that most people are happy to see Heard lose this case. She was, however, awarded $2 million in compensation.