Johnny Depp’s Defamation Verdict Stuns Legal Experts: ‘Complete and Total Vindication’

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“This is the most extraordinary legal and public relations comeback of my 20-year legal career,” a former federal prosecutor said

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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard (Credit: Getty Images)

Johnny Depp’s win in his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard stunned legal experts, one of whom said he had never seen such a PR-related turnaround in his 20-year career.

Another said the verdict delivered a renewal of confidence in the jury system.

A seven-person jury in Fairfax, Virginia, awarded Depp $15 million on Wednesday, after finding Heard defamed him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed by saying she was a victim of domestic abuse. Depp in turn was ordered to pay Heard $2 million related to her counter-claims in the case.

“Notwithstanding this high burden he had to meet, this was really a complete and total vindication for Johnny Depp,” former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani told TheWrap.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in court Monday. (Credit: YouTube/Law&Crime)
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