The verdict of the Depp vs. Heard trial was declared on June 1, 2022. The most interesting part of the declaration was the fact that Depp was not even in the courtroom in the first place. According to the judge at Fairfax County, Virginia, Heard and Depp didn’t need to be present at the time of the verdict. Depp could not attend the final verdict due to prior arrangements in the UK.
However, after winning the case, Depp expressed his joy in more ways than one, saying that he finally got his life back. From singing on stage to having the party of his life, Depp has celebrated his whole life on the day after the victory.
Why was Johnny Depp not present at the time of the verdict?
According to someone very close to Depp, he was not able to attend the verdict due to work arrangements made before the trial. So, he would be watching from the United Kingdom.
What was the reaction to his absence?
Several legal experts have said that either party doesn’t need to be physically present at the time of the verdict. However, Depp’s absence was noticed by everyone. On the other hand, Amber Heard was present in the court to hear the final verdict.
Someone near Heard conveyed that physical presence determines a person’s priorities. They expressed that Depp playing guitar while Heard is hearing the final verdict after a six-week-long battle says everything.
What was Depp doing in the UK?
Shortly after Depp’s victory in the court, he was seen celebrating in a pub in the UK. After the final arguments, Depp made a surprise appearance in the Sheffield City Hall at Jeff Beck’s performance. In the following days, he was spotted playing guitar with the artist in the Royal Albert Hall of London.
What was the final verdict of the trial?
The court declared that Depp has officially won the case, with $15 million of compensatory and punitive charges. Heard had made three defamatory claims, out of which two were cleared.
Heard was awarded $2 million of compensatory charges only, due to the defamation by Depp’s attorney.
What was Depp’s reaction?
Johnny Depp was too happy at the final victory after the six-week-long battle. The actor is finally free of the tension that developed since the charges were made in 2018. However, the actor had previously lost a libel suit in 2020 in the UK, while fighting against the British tabloid The Sun, for calling him a ‘wife-beater’.
The actor was too happy when the verdict came out, saying that he has finally got his life back and the truth will always win. He wanted the truth to come out in front of everyone.
The actor states, that six years ago, all the love and passion his family, his close, his friends, his and fans had for him, just changed in a nanosecond after rumors spread all around the world of him being abusive. He was so depressed all this time, but the final victory has given him his freedom back.