Why was Amber Heard awarded $2 million in defamation suit against Johnny Depp?

On Tuesday, the much-discussed Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard defamation lawsuit came to a close, with the jury paying the "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor more than $10 million and his ex-wife $2 million.

The case stemmed from a lawsuit filed by Depp against Heard in December 2018, in which she described herself as "a public figure representing domestic abuse" in an op-ed in The Washington Post.

Despite the fact that the op-ed did not specifically mention Depp, he claimed it was directed at him and had harmed his career.

Depp should receive $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, according to a jury in Fairfax County, Virginia.

However, because the California law restricts punitive damages at $350,000, Depp received a total of $10.35 million.

While the Virginia jury found Amber Heard's piece defamatory to Johnny Depp.

Jury also decided that Heard had been defamed by one of Depp's lawyers.

Depp's lawyer claimed that she had staged a detailed hoax that involved roughing up the couple's flat to make it appear worse for cops.

Three remarks, in particular one given by a lawyer standing on Depp's behalf, were scrutinised by the jury.

Amber Heard was granted $2 million by the jury.

Amber Heard and her companions "spilled a little wine and roughed up the house, got their tales straight, and phoned the cops," according to the lawyer.