Amber Heard heartbroken after Johnny Depp wins explosive defamation trial

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Amber Heard has broken her silence after losing the defamation trial against her ex-husband Johnny Depp.

In a statement, Amber said she is "disappointed" and "heartbroken" at the verdict.

The lengthy statement reads: "The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. 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.

"I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. 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.

“I believe Johnny’s attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook succeeded 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."

Amber concluded: "I’m sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly."

It comes after a lengthy social media silence from Amber, who hasn’t posted to her Instagram for seven weeks – explaining she wants to “move on” after the case’s conclusion.

Johnny Depp has been awarded $15million (£12million) in damages after the jury announced he had won the defamation case.

The actor himself wasn't in the country for the verdict, as he was in the UK performing on tour with musician Jeff Beck.

Ahead of the verdict, he was seen enjoying himself at a Newcastle pub as fans went wild, and he could be seen shaking hands with an entourage.

Depp has also released a statement, saying he "feels at peace" and is "truly humbled" to have won the case.

Jurors were sent out on Friday, May 27 to consider their verdict after witnesses including Kate Moss took to the stand.

It was confirmed on Wednesday (June 1) that the jury reached a verdict on the third day of deliberations and it was delivered to the Fairfax Courthouse in Virginia.

Over the last six weeks, the Hollywood stars have been at loggerheads after Depp, 58, launched a civil defamation case against his ex-wife, suing her for $50million (£40million).

It came after she wrote an opinion piece in 2018, detailing her experiences with domestic abuse.

The article in question, initially published by the Washington Post does not name Mr Depp but legal representatives for Heard say it is protected by freedom of speech.

Lawyers for Depp say it "falsely implies" that she was a victim of abuse during their marriage.

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