The mixed verdict in the libel case between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp came after dramatic testimony from both parties in the six-week-long trial. In a statement from Depp after the verdict was announced, he explained the goal of bringing the case against Heard was to reveal the truth of the situation, regardless of the outcome. In the statement, Depp said, (via CBS News) “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.”
Heard also released a statement after she learned of the jury’s decision. In it, she said she felt she had lost her right to speak freely as an American. Relatives and character witnesses both came forward in support of both Heard and Depp throughout the proceedings. Evidence presented included audio recordings and text messages.