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‘I defended my truth’: Amber Heard settles defamation case with Johnny Depp

Amber Heard did not reveal the terms of their settlement agreement.

Actress Amber Heard announced Monday that she had reached a settlement in the multi-million dollar defamation case filed against her by her former husband, Johnny Depp.

Heard, in a post on Instagram, did not reveal the terms of the settlement, which comes after a Virginia jury ordered her to pay $10 million to the Pirates of the Caribbean star.

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Heard wrote: “I defended my truth and in doing so my life as I knew it has been destroyed”.

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History of the case

The jury in June found Depp and Heard had been liable for defamation — however, the jury sided more strongly with the Pirates of the Caribbean” star following an intense six-week trial riding on bitterly contested allegations of domestic abuse.

The case, live-streamed to millions, featured lurid and intimate details about the Hollywood celebrities’ private lives.

Including videos of their altercations, and fights all caught in their private home in attempts to prove their side of the story.

$10 million awarded to Depp

The jury awarded $10 million in damages to Depp after finding that a 2018 newspaper article penned by Heard on her experience of “sexual violence” was defamatory.

In July, Heard asked Judge Penney Azcarate to set aside the jury verdict awarding $10 million to Johnny Depp and declare a mistrial, but the judge denied the request.

The 59-year-old Depp sued Heard over a Washington Post op-ed in which she did not name him, but described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

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Compiled by Sandisiwe Mbhele additional reporting AFP.

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