Johnny Depp Officially Wins Amber Heard Lawsuit

The Virginia defamation case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard reached an end after a year. According to the recent news from People, Heard has finally issued $1 million settlement money to the Hollywood Vampires guitarist.

As a close source revealed to the magazine, Depp plans to donate the money to five different charities. Reportedly, the organizations Make-A-Film Foundation, The Painted Turtle, Red Feather, Tetiaroa Society, and Amazonia Fund Alliance will receive $200.000 each.

The initial lawsuit ruling, issued on June 1, 2022, led both the guitarist and the actress to file appeals. However, these were later pulled back, leading to a settlement announcement in December.

Benjamin Chew and Camille Vazquez, attorneys for Depp, released a statement on the matter back then, saying:

“The jury’s unanimous decision and the resulting judgement in Mr. Depp’s favor against Ms. Heard remain fully in place. The payment of $1 million — which Mr. Depp is pledging and will (actually) donate to charities — reinforces Ms. Heard’s acknowledgement of the conclusion of the legal system’s rigorous pursuit for justice.”

Around the same time, Heard used Instagram to publicly comment on the settlement, expressing her views on the lawsuit’s outcome:

“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-victimized 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. 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.”

Despite the career damages brought about by his ex-wife’s accusations, Depp was not without support during and after the 2022 lawsuit. Among his supporters were public names such as Joe Perry and Lori Allison, who showed their backing through different platforms.

While he chose to mostly stay out of the spotlight after the dispute,  the Hollywood Vampires member recently made a public appearance on the opening day of the Cannes Film Festival. He also has plans to tour with his band, although it was put off due to an injury on his ankle.