Mera Can’t Catch Captain Jack Sparrow: Depp Prevails Over Heard


As the jury reached a verdict in the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, both parties were quick to react to the decision reached in the case. While both stars were ultimately found to have defamed each other, there was an overwhelming ruling in Depp’s favor, with the jurors deciding that all of the claims put forward by the Pirates of the Caribbean star were true. This led to Depp being awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages by the jury, while Heard was awarded $2 million for the one claim of hers that was ruled to be defamatory, and that was via an attorney representing Depp that the jury felt defamed Heard.



Immediately after the verdict, Depp released a statement which read:


“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.

All in the blink of an eye.

False, very serious and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had already traveled around the world twice within a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career.

And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled.

My decision to pursue this case, knowing very well the height of the legal hurdles that I would be facing and the inevitable, worldwide spectacle into my life, was only made after considerable thought.

From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that.

I am, and have been, overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and the colossal support and kindness from around the world. 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. I also hope that the position will now return to innocent until proven guilty, both within the courts and in the media.

I wish to acknowledge the noble work of the Judge, the jurors, the court staff and the Sheriffs who have sacrificed their own time to get to this point, and to my diligent and unwavering legal team who did an extraordinary job in helping me to share the truth.

The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun.

Veritas numquam perit.

Truth never perishes.”




Heard also released a statement, and plans to appeal the verdict.


“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,” Heard said a statement following the jury’s decision. “I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women,” she continued. “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. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously.”


Heard concluded by saying that Johnny Depp’s attorneys “succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech” as well as convincing them to “ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK,” referring to a 2020 libel case which took place in Britain.


To which I say:



Karina Smitt

I'm not as much of a "CoMiCs NeEd MoAr DiVeRsItY & iNcLuSiOn" advocate as my girlfriend often is, but we both love funny books, crispy bacon, straight bourbon and hip hop. Add yet, we never vote the same, so we cancel each other out... and that works perfectly in my book!