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FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA - JUNE 01: Actress Amber Heard departs the Fairfax County Courthouse on June 1, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. The jury in the Depp vs. Heard case awarded actor Johnny Depp $15 million in his defamation case against Heard. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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The following story contains discussion of domestic abuse.

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For close to two months, ex-spouses Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were embroiled in a highly publicized, $50 million defamation case, in which Depp alleged that Heard ruined his career by alleging domestic abuse against him in a Washington Post op-ed. On June 1, the jury ruled in Depp's favor, leaving some internet users in shock and outrage.
Across numerous social media platforms, fans of Heard and advocates against domestic violence slammed the decision. One fan wrote, "The irony of a woman being sued by a rich, abusive, powerful man, for writing about how rich, abusive, powerful men silence women. This case really proved the points in Amber's op-ed."
Another user wrote, "This is devastating news for abuse victims and for freedom of speech. the wide-reaching implications of this verdict are clear: abuse victims cannot have a voice. they cannot speak of their experiences, EVEN WITHOUT NAMING THEIR ABUSER. disgusting." Heard did not name Depp directly in her original op-ed.
As for Heard and Depp's statements, Heard said, "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." Depp stated on Instagram, "the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome."