On June 13th, 2022, Amber Heard spoke out after a verdict was reached in her legal battle with her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. In her statement, Heard expressed her deep disappointment with the outcome.
Heard said, “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence and sway of my ex-husband.”
Heard had been in a legal battle with Depp since 2016, when she accused him of domestic abuse. Depp denied the allegations and sued Heard for defamation. The case went to trial in 2020, and a verdict was reached on June 13th, 2022.
The verdict found that Depp was not liable for the abuse Heard alleged. Despite Heard providing a mountain of evidence to support her claims, the court found that Depp had not acted in a way that constituted domestic abuse.
Heard expressed her deep disappointment with the verdict, and the fact that the evidence she provided was not enough to stand up to Depp’s power and influence. She also expressed her gratitude to her supporters, saying, “I thank all of the brave people who have come forward to speak their own truths, and to the many others who have reached out to me to share their stories of domestic violence and abuse.”
Heard’s statement is a reminder of the power imbalance that still exists between victims of domestic abuse and their abusers. Despite the evidence presented, the court’s decision shows that victims still face an uphill battle in seeking justice.