Legal commentator Nancy Grace has expressed her views after a verdict was reached in the blockbuster trial of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, which began on April 11 in a Virginia court. The seven-week highly publicized and televised case ended on Wednesday, June 1, with the jury largely supporting Depp.
As per reports, the jurors reached the conclusion that the ‘Aquaman’ actress defamed her former husband by writing a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post, describing herself to be a public figure who endured domestic violence. She was ordered to pay $15m in compensatory and punitive damages to the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star.
But the whole ruling was not against Heard as the jury also found that “Depp had defamed Ms. Heard when his lawyer gave a statement to the Daily Mail in 2020 calling her abuse allegations a hoax,” BBC reported. The 58-year-old star now has to pay Heard $2m in compensatory damages but he seemed happy with the overall outcome as he said, “The jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled. Truth never perishes.”
“I hope that my quest to have the truth be told will have helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those supporting them never give up,” the father-of-two added.
While Heard stated, “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. I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated.”
After the verdict was out, Grace appeared on Fox News’ ‘Hannity’ seemingly disappointed due to the mixed decision. She said: “[The Depp-Heard trial was] like two wet cats in the barrel. The only question was which one is going to crawl out on top of the other? In this case, Depp crawled out on top… It would be a cold day in ‘H’ ‘E’ double ‘L’ that I would let my daughter stay in a relationship where somebody cavity-searched me for drugs and raped me with a wine bottle. That’s not going to happen.”
The 62-year-old television host also went on to criticize Heard as she noted: “For [actress Amber Heard] to now say this was a David and Goliath story where she is cast as David and Depp as Goliath, that somehow she could fight all of his power and sway — that’s not her undoing. Her undoing was her own lies in front of the jury.”
“You can’t go into court and expect that everything about you is not going to be exposed because it will be. And it’s a matter of this. I’m not saying that this is a popularity contest. Nobody’s going to be crowned “Miss Congeniality.” That’s not going to happen. But when a jury can smell your lies, they don’t like you, and they’re not going to believe anything you say. And I believe they could smell her lies,” Grace added.