American actress Amber Heard has said she has settled her legal dispute with her ex-husband Johnny Depp. She made this "difficult decision" after careful consideration, the 36-year-old wrote on Instagram, several months after a jury verdict in the defamation trial, after which she was obliged to pay more than ten million dollars to Depp (59). This is not an admission of guilt, Heard wrote.
"I make this decision after losing faith in the American legal system, where my unprotected testimony served as entertainment and as fodder for social media," Heard wrote.
After a six-week defamation trial, in which the former spouses had accused themselves of domestic violence, the jury largely sided with Depp at the beginning of June - but also agreed with Heard on some points. Depp and Heard both opposed the verdict. Depp initially did not comment after Heard's announcement. It was unclear whether Depp would continue to appeal the verdict that he had to pay Heard $2 million.
At the heart of the civil lawsuit filed by Depp was a 2018 comment published by the Washington Post in which Heard described himself as a victim of domestic violence.
US broadcaster Fox reported that Heard had agreed with Depp to pay him $1 million. The broadcaster referred to an unnamed source who was familiar with the agreement. In her Instagram post, Heard did not provide any information on how the dispute would be resolved.