On June 1, a seven-person jury sided with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor and found that the “Aquaman” actress had committed defamation in her 2018 Washington Post op-ed where she declared herself a survivor of domestic violence but did not mention Depp by name.
A jury awarded Depp $15 million dollars: $10 million dollars in compensatory damages and $5 million dollars in punitive damages. However, the $5 million dollars of damages was later reduced to $350,000 dollars, the maximum allowed under Virginia state law.
The jury ruled that defamation had also occurred when one of Depp’s attorneys called Heard’s abuse claims “a hoax” and awarded her $2 million dollars. Regardless, the win was still regarded as a huge win for Heard.
After she was spotted shopping at TJ Maxx over the past week, some of her supporters are wondering if the “Zombieland” actress is going to be okay.
A Source Says Amber Heard Is ‘Doing Okay’
A source told PEOPLE in this week’s issue that Heard is “doing okay” after the trial ended.
The source said that Heard “feels drained and exhausted after the trial.” However, they noted that she “is trying her best to have a positive outlook.”
Although Heard didn’t get a lot of public support on social media, she has been getting a lot of support from her family. The source said that she is very happy to spend more time with her 14-month-old daughter, Oonagh Paige. She is also spending more time with her sister, Whitney Henriquez, who the insider described as her “biggest supporter.” The source said that Amber and Whitney “spend a lot of time together” now that the trial is over.
Whitney took the stand to support her sister during the defamation trial and recalled a time when she alleged that Depp hit her in the back after she stepped in the middle of an argument between the couple.
Amber Heard Is Still ‘Disappointed’ With The Jury’s Verdict
One of Amber Heard’s attorneys, Elaine Bredehoft, said that they definitely plan to appeal the jury’s ruling.
The source told PEOPLE that Amber is “still disappointed about the jury’s verdict.” They added, “She is still weighing her legal options, but right now, she needs some breathing room to just enjoy the summer.”
Shortly after the verdict was announced, Heard took to social media, calling the verdict a “setback” for women everywhere. Heard echoed her comments in a Dateline special interview with Today co-host Savannah Guthrie.
Heard said that she was concerned that victims of domestic violence will be afraid to come forward given what happened to her during the trial; however, it should be noted that Depp insists that he never abused her.
When Guthrie asked her about her plans for the future, Heard replied, “I get to be a mom, like, full time, you know? Where I’m not having to juggle calls with lawyers.”
Guthrie pointed out that “One day you may want to tell your daughter about this or have to tell your daughter about everything that you’ve gone through. What would you want to say?”
“I think no matter what, it will mean something. I did the right thing,” Heard replied. “I did everything I could to stand up for myself and the truth.”
That being said, Heard did take some responsibility, saying, “I did do and say horrible, regrettable things throughout my relationship. I behaved in horrible, almost unrecognizable to myself ways.”
“I freely and openly and voluntarily talked about what I did. I talked about the horrible language,” she went on.”I talked about being pushed to the extent where I didn’t even know the difference between right and wrong.”
“I will always continue to feel like I was a part of this like I was the other half of this relationship because I was,” she added. “And it was ugly and could be very beautiful. It was very, very toxic. We were awful to each other.”
Although Heard openly admitted that she “made a lot of mistakes” during her relationship with Johnny Depp, she insisted, “To my dying day, I will stand by every word of my testimony.”