Amber Heard released a statement shortly after she learned she had lost her ex-husband Johnny Depp’s libel suit.
“Words cannot express my disappointment,” Heard said Wednesday after the verdict was announced.
“I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence remained insufficient to confront my ex-husband’s disproportionate power, influence and dominance,” she added.
“I am even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It’s a throwback. It turns back the clock to a time when if a woman spoke up and raised her voice, she could be publicly shamed and humiliated,” she commented. “It pushes back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.”
“I think Johnny’s lawyers managed to get the jury to miss the key issue of free speech and ignore such compelling evidence, which is why we won in the UK,” Heard added. “I am sad because I lost this case. But I’m even sadder because I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American: to speak freely and openly.”
Depp said in a statement that “six years ago, my life, the lives of my children, the lives of those closest to me and also the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported me and believed in me, they changed forever. All in the blink of an eye.”
He continued, “False, very serious, and criminal accusations were made against me through the media, triggering an endless barrage of hateful content, even though no charges were ever filed against me. This had already traveled the world twice in a nanosecond and had a far-reaching impact on my life and career.”
“And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I feel really honored,” Depp said. “My decision to proceed with this case, knowing full well the height of the legal hurdles I would face and the inevitable worldwide spectacle my life would cause, was made only after much thought.”
“From the beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Telling the truth was something I owed to my children and to all those who have stood firm in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing that I finally made it.”
“I am, and have been, overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and the colossal support and kindness from everyone. I hope that my quest for the truth to be told has helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those who support them never give up. I also hope that the position will return to innocent until proven otherwise, both in court and in the media,” Depp added.
“I want to acknowledge the noble work of the judge, jurors, court staff and bailiffs who have sacrificed their own time to get to this point, and my diligent and unwavering legal team who did an extraordinary job in helping me get to this point. share the truth,” he said.
“The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun. Veritas numquam perit. The truth never perishes,” she concluded.