Amber Heard agrees to pay US$1 million, settles defamation suit against Johnny Depp

Amber Heard agrees to pay US$1 million, settles defamation suit against Johnny Depp

ACTRESS Amber Heard has agreed to pay ex-husband Johnny Depp US$1 million (about RM4.43 million) as a settlement in their defamation suit case.

Heard, 36, however said the decision was “not a sign of agreement”.

In a statement on Monday, the Aquaman actor said she made the choice after “losing faith in the United States legal system”.

In June, a Virginia court jury found that Heard had defamed Depp, 59, in an article in which she claimed to be the victim of her ex-husband’s abuse.

Earlier this month, Heard filed an appeal in the case, asking that the jury’s verdict be thrown out or face a retrial.

“Even if my appeal in the US is successful, the best outcome would be a retrial.

“I couldn’t go through with it,” Heard said.

Depp sued his ex-wife following an article published in the Washington Post newspaper, in which Heard described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse”.

Heard filed a countersuit.

The televised six-week trial drew wide attention.

The couple met in 2009 while filming “The Rum Diary’; before getting engaged in 2014 and married a year later.

Their marriage however only lasted for 15 months before divorcing in 2017.

Depp in his testimony denied his ex-wife’s claims that he was the cause of Heard’s emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

The jury ultimately ruled in favor of Depp, and Heard was ordered to pay $15 million (about RM66 million) in damages to her ex-husband.

On Monday, Depp’s lawyers said in a statement they were happy to “officially close this painful case”.

The actor will also donate the US$1 million settlement to several charities.

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