The Washington Post added an approximately 125-word “editor’s note” later this week to actress Amber Herd’s 2018 text sued by her ex-husband Johnny Depp.
A jury in Virginia ruled this week that Heard slandered Depp in the text and awarded Depp $ 15 million – $ 10 million in compensation and $ 5 million in criminal damages – but a judge limited the criminal damages to $ 350,000 under Virginia law, The Daily Wire logged in. He heard awarded $ 2 million in damages for statements made by Depp’s lawyer Adam Waldman.
Following a jury verdict, The Washington Post added the following editorial note for Heard’s op-ed:
Johnny Depp sued Amber Heard in 2019 for defamation resulting from this 2018 act. On June 1, 2022, following a trial in Fairfax County, Va. The district court found Heard responsible on three counts for the following statements, which Depp claimed were false and defamatory: (1) “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. That must change. ” (2) “Then two years ago I became a public figure representing domestic violence and I felt all the power of our culture’s anger towards women who speak.” (3) “I have had a rare opportunity to see in real time how institutions protect men accused of abuse.” The jury found separately that Depp, through his lawyer Adam Waldman, slandered Heard in one of the three counts of her counterclaim.
Legal analyst Emily D. Baker he said it was a “smart move” by the Post to add an editor’s note instead of deleting the text.
“Since this case is viewed and commented on so much, I think the text is still needed for the context. I appreciate that they put a notice instead of downloading the text. And I appreciate that they included, with specifics, precisely those statements that were found to be defamatory, “Baker said. “It would be easier to just take it off and say nothing. But I appreciate what they say: ‘Everyone who reads this, here’s what happened.’ ”
Depp praised the jury for restoring his “life” after he was the victim of Heard’s slanderous statements.
“False, very serious and criminal accusations have been made against me through the media, which has caused an endless barrage of hate content, although no charges have ever been filed against me,” Depp said in a statement. “He has already traveled the world twice within nanoseconds and has had a seismic impact on my life and my career.”