Johnny Depp is “at peace” and feels he has his “life back” after winning his defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard.
“Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported and believed in me, were forever changed. All in the blink of an eye,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, 58, said in a statement obtained by Page Six on Wednesday.
“False, very serious, and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me,” he continued. “It had already traveled around the world twice within a nanosecond, and it had a seismic impact on my life and career.
“And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled.”
Depp explained, “My decision to pursue this case, knowing very well the height of the legal hurdles that I would be facing and the inevitable, worldwide spectacle into my life, was only made after considerable thought.”
The “Edward Scissorhands” star said his “goal” all along “was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome,” adding that “speaking the truth” was something he owed his children and supporters.
“I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that.”
After thanking his fans for the “outpouring of love,” “colossal support,” and “kindness from around the world,” he noted, “I also hope that the position will now return to innocent until proven; guilty, both within the courts and in the media.”
“The best is yet to come, and a new chapter has finally begun,” he concluded his statement. “Veritas numquam perit. Truth never perishes.”
On Wednesday, The jury came to a verdict in Fairfax, Va., after nearly 13 hours of deliberations over the course of three days.
They decided that Amber defamed Jhonny in her 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post, in which she described herself as a victim of domestic violence.
“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,” the “Aquaman” actress said in a statement on Wednesday.
“I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously.”
She added, “I believe Johnny’s attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK. I’m sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly.”