Amber Heard calmed her down Defamation lawsuit against ex-husband Johnny Deppshe announced in an Instagram post on Monday.
Hurd, 36, added that the decision to settle with Depp, 59, was “very difficult” and “after much consideration.”
“It is important to me to say that I never chose this. I have defended my truth. I knew… the slurs I faced on social media were an amplified version of what women are supposed to be… again victimized when they came forward,” Hurd wrote.
In her statement, Heard framed the settlement as a last resort, characterizing it as “an opportunity to free myself from what I had attempted to leave over six years ago on terms I could agree to.”
“I have not admitted this. This is not an act of concession. There are no restrictions or gags regarding my voice moving forward,” she added.
The terms of the settlement were not immediately clear.
NBC News has reached out to both Depp’s and Heard’s legal teams for comment.
Settlement follows controversial weeks of trial
Settlement in months A week-long televised trial It culminated in a jury finding Heard defamed Depp 2018 Washington Post op-ed In it, she said she had become a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” The essay doesn’t mention Depp’s name, but his attorney said it indirectly refers to the allegations she made against Depp during her 2016 divorce.
During the trial, she testified in graphic terms about allegations of sexual assault and physical abuse cases she alleged.
Posting on SNS during the trial period Seemed overwhelmingly supportive of DeppFinding support for Heard has been difficult. Memes and viral content defaming her Plenty of online. Some online creators say the dynamics of online reactions to trials are toxic to domestic violence survivors.
Last month, major national feminist organizations came to Heard’s defense. Issuance of letter — first reported by NBC News — publicly showing the greatest support for Heard after the verdict, claiming that the slander and harassment of Heard and her supporters was “unprecedented in both violence and scale”.
A jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages, but nothing in punitive damages.
Heard appealed the verdict and reached a settlement.
The jury’s decision proved Depp’s legal legitimacy. British defamation lawsuit lost Judge Andrew Niccol ruled against Depp in 2020, with British tabloids accusing Depp of at least 12 out of 14 He said he had presented substantial evidence that he was violent towards Heard.
“I lost faith in the American legal system.”
In a statement, Hurd contrasted the unfolding of the legal battles in the United Kingdom and the United States, saying, “I have lost faith in the United States legal system, where my unguarded testimony has become prey to entertainment and social media. ” writes.
Mr Hurd said that in Britain “proven by a strong, fair and just system, protected from having to testify the worst in front of the world’s media, the courts found me obeyed”. writing. to domestic violence and sexual violence. ”
However, in the United States, “I have used almost all resources before and during a trial where the abundance of direct evidence to support my testimony has been eliminated and where popularity and power outweigh reason.” and due process,” she added. “During that time, I was subjected to a kind of humiliation from which I could never come back.”
Hurd said settling into the case allows her to spend her time “productively and purposefully.”
“For too long, I have been trapped in arduous and costly legal proceedings, which in themselves have demonstrated my inability to defend myself and my right to free speech. “We can’t afford to risk the impossible bill. Not just financially, but psychologically, physically and emotionally,” she wrote. You don’t have to, but unfortunately it’s not uncommon.
Heard endorsed her statement by thanking her supporters and her lawyers for working on the case, saying she was “intimidated, dismayed, and saddened by what happened from telling the truth.” I won’t stop,’ he vowed.
“No one can take it from me and no one will,” she wrote. “My voice remains the most valuable asset I have.”
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cut ten barge When Calhan Rosenblatt contributed.