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What did Amber Heard’s sister say about Johnny Depp trial verdict?

Amber Heard’s sister has broken her silence to share a message of support for the actress after she lost her defamation lawsuit against Johnny Depp.

US actress Amber heard and her sister Whitney Heard (R) arrive at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on June 1, 2022. - The jury reached a verdict on Wednesday in the high-profile defamation case between actor Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Heard. The seven-person Virginia jury has been deliberating for about 13 hours over three days in Fairfax County Circuit Court near the US capital. The court said the verdict is to be read out at 3:00 pm (1900 GMT). (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

On Wednesday 1 June 2022, the jury in Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard announced its verdict on the case, finding that the actress was liable for defaming the actor. She was ordered to pay Depp $15 million: $10 million in compensatory and $5 million in punitive damages, but the judge reduced the punitive damages award to Virginia’s maximum of $350,000. As for her counter-suit, the actor must hand over $2 million.

Heard’s sister Whitney shows public support

Now, a few days after the verdict was made known, Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez, shared an emotional message of support for the actress, via Instagram.

‘I still stand with you, sissy. Yesterday, today and tomorrow I will always be proud of you for standing up for yourself, for testifying both here in Virginia and in the UK, and for being the voice of so many who can’t speak to the things that happen behind closed doors. We knew that this was going to be an uphill battle and that the cards were stacked against us. But you stood up and spoke out regardless.

‘I am so honored to testify for you, and I would do it a million times over because I know what I saw and because the truth is forever on your side.

‘I’m so sorry that it wasn’t reflected in the decision made by this jury, but I will never give up on you, and neither will anyone who stands with you. Forever by your side… #istandwithamberheard

What did Amber Heard say after trial verdict?

“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words,” Heard said in her statement, “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.”

“I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for women. It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke up could be publicly shamed and humiliated,” she said. “It sets back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.”

“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.”

What did Johnny Depp say after trial verdict?

The actor took to Instagram to express his gratitude to the jury saying that he is “truly humbled.”

In his post he said that he was motivated to bring the case forward after his life, “the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me,” changed after Heard’s article was published by The Washington Post. Depp described the accusations as “false,” “very serious,” and “criminal” and that after they were made it “triggered an endless barrage of hateful content.”