Amber Heard, ex-wife of American actor, Johnny Dep has announced that she has made “a very difficult decision” to settle the defamation case brought against him.
It would be recalled that a seven-person jury found that she defamed him in her op-ed about domestic violence, and subsequently awarded more than $10 million in damages.
Heard, who agreed to settle the case, also claimed in her lengthy social media post that the way she has been vilified on social media is an amplified version of the ways women are re-victimised when they come forward.
Her statement partly read;
“It’s important for me to say that I never chose this. I defended my truth in doing so my life as I knew it was destroyed. The vilification I have faced on social media is an amplified version of the ways women are re-victimised when they come forward.”
“Now I finally have an opportunity to emancipate myself from something I attempted to leave over six years ago and on terms I can agree to,” she continued. “I have made no admission. This is not an act of concession. There are no restrictions or gags with respect to my voice moving forward.”
The actress also compared the way her testimony in Depp’s U.K. libel case against The Sun in November 2020 was received to the way her more recent testimony in the U.S. was, writing “popularity and power mattered more than reason and due process.”
However, Heard said she has lost faith in the American legal system, having been found liable for defaming Johnny, whereas in the UK the verdict came in her favor