After Amber Heard’s defamation case against Johnny Depp was dismissed, her sister offered an emotional message of support.
Despite the jury’s decision in favor of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star last Wednesday, Whitney Heard stated in a statement Sunday that she “will always be proud” of Amber, 36, who testified against Depp, 58.
“I’m still here for you, sissy.” “I’ll always be proud of you for standing up for yourself, for testifying both here in Virginia and in the United Kingdom, and for being the voice of so many who can’t speak up about what goes on behind closed doors,” Whitney wrote in an Instagram caption.
Whitney admitted that she and Amber both understood the lawsuits would be “an uphill struggle” and that the “deck was stacked” against them, but she praised Amber for speaking up “despite.”
“I am so proud to testify for you,” she said, “and I would do it a million times over because I know what I saw and because the truth is always on your side.” “I’m sorry that this jury’s judgment didn’t reflect it, but I’ll never give up on you, and neither will everyone who stands with you.” I’ll always be by your side… #istandwithamberheard.”
After determining that Heard defamed her ex-husband in a 2018 op-ed for the Washington Post in which she referred to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse, a jury awarded Depp $15 million. Depp was granted compensatory damages of $10 million and punitive damages of $5 million.
In her countersuit against Depp, Heard won a tiny success, with the jury giving her $2 million in compensatory damages but no punitive damages.
Heard expressed her “heartbreak” and described the result as a “setback for women” when the judge delivered the jury’s decision. Meanwhile, Depp praised the outcome, claiming that he has regained his “life.”
“My purpose throughout was to expose the truth, regardless of the outcome,” the “Edward Scissorhands” star stated, adding that “saying the truth” was something he owed his children and followers.
He said: “I feel at rest knowing I’ve finally accomplished that.”
From 2015 through 2017, the couple was married.