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Amber Heard has agreed to a legal settlement with her ex-husband and actor Johnny Depp, who sued her for defamation after he suggested he abused her in a 2018 Washington Post article.

Heard, 36, was previously ordered to pay more than $10 million in restitution to Depp, 56. Depp, meanwhile, was ordered to pay Heard $2 million after she filed a countersuit accusing him of defamation after her lawyer Adam Waldman called her abusive. claims “fraud”.

Heard initially appealed the judgment ordering him to pay, but has since dropped that effort. The terms of the settlement he announced Monday end any further disputes between Heard and Depp over their claims against each other, but terms of the settlement were not immediately released.

In an Instagram post she shared Monday morning, Hurd wrote that agreeing to the settlement was “a very difficult decision.”

“It’s important for me to say that I never chose this,” the post reads. “I stood up for my truth and in doing so my life as I knew it was destroyed. The abuse I encounter on social media is an amplified version of the ways women are re-victimized when they come forward.

“Now I finally have a chance to get rid of something I tried to quit over six years ago, and on terms I can agree to. I did not make any admission. This is not an act of concession. There is no limitation or deception with my voice moving forward.”

News of the settlement comes after Heard and Depp battled for support in the court of public opinion as well as litigated their differences in a real-life courtroom in Fairfax County, Virginia. Support for Depp on social media has been overwhelming, as evidenced by the proliferation of videos and posts aimed at disputing, if not outright discrediting, Heard’s accounts of domestic abuse by Depp.

Separately, in the UK, Depp lost a defamation case against the Sun in 2020 after he sued the newspaper for publishing an article that called him a “wife beater”.

The judge in that case found the article to be “substantially true” and some observers believed that Heard’s initial victory could be transferred to the case she and Depp were fighting each other in the US. But the split decision that followed the trial in Virginia was significantly more financially burdensome for Heard.

Depp and Heard were married for two years, from 2015 to 2017.


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