Defamation Can Be Expensive

Perhaps someone should let Sylvain Besson, Roland Gamp, and Catherine Boss know about this recent decision by a US court. After all, Amber Heard didn’t even call Johnny Depp a Hitler-sympathizer, a misogynist, or a right-wing populist.

Johnny Depp has won his libel case against Amber Heard, saying he now has ‘his life back’ after the jury ruled he was defamed and awarded him $15million. In a statement after Wednesday’s verdict, Depp said, ‘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. ‘And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled.’ After less than three days of deliberation, Heard was awarded $2million in compensatory damages out of the $100million she was seeking in her countersuit against her ex-husband. She was awarded zero dollars in punitive damages. Despite the jury awarding Depp $15million, the judge reduced the $5m punitive damages part to the Virginia maximum of $350,000, reducing Depp’s total to $10,350,000 – minus the $2million he was ordered to pay Heard. In total Depp walks away with $8.35M in damages.

I wonder how long it will be before an English-language newspaper, preferably one in the UK, translates their error-filled little hit piece and runs it?