People are Concerned the Depp-Heard Trial Will Set a Precedent for Future Survivors


People are concerned that the trial result between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp will set a precedent for future domestic violence survivors.

It was announced by the jury last week that Depp had won the case against Heard which started over her 2018 Washington Post op-ed where she claimed to be a victim of domestic abuse.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor won $15 million in total, $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. However, Judge Penney Azcarate reduced the punitive damages to meet the state’s statutory cap of $350,000.

Some people are now concerned that this verdict will discourage future survivors of domestic abuse to come forward for fear of defamation allegations.

Members of the public took to twitter to share their thoughts, with some saying:

‘it’s so horrible. And what next? Any survivor who says she experienced domestic abuse even without naming the abuser can now be found to have defamed him.

‘it’s designed to shut women up and shut anti-Male Violence Against Women and Girls (MVAWG) movements down.

“I don’t know if you guys realise that there is now a (very famous) precedent for how saying publicly that you are a victim of domestic violence, without naming your abuser, is considered defamation.”

The actor made his first appearance, post-verdict, in Sheffield in the UK and has been on tour with the Jeff Beck ever since.

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