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Update: 3:24 p.m. ET

A jury has found in favor of actor Johnny Depp in his $50 million defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard. The jury found that Depp proved all the elements of defamation and libel against Heard.

The jury also said Depp proved by clear and convincing evidence that Heard "acted with actual malice" on all counts.

The jury awarded compensatory damages to Depp in the amount of $10 million and punitive damages of $5 million.

Depp sued his ex-wife for $50 million for defamation over her op-ed she wrote which was published by The Washington Post in December 2018.

As for Heard's countersuit against Depp, the jury found that Heard was defamed by an agent, but not Depp himself. Heard was awarded $2 million in damages from the agent.

Update: 3:05 p.m. ET

A jury has apparently found in favor of actor Johnny Depp in his $50 million defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.

A verdict was scheduled to be announced at 3 p.m. ET, but the judge sent the jury back to fill out forms detailing the compensatory and punitive damages to be awarded.

"When you find for a defamatory statement - one or more - you need to fill out the compensatory damages," the judge instructed the jury, "It has to be at least a dollar for compensatory damages, and up to whatever you feel the damages should be. For punitive damages you can put a zero there..."

Legal analysts say the jury likely found in favor of Depp but didn't award him any money.
Originally published on: June 1, 2022 at 2:08 p.m.

A verdict has been reached in the sensational Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard defamation trial in Fairfax, Virginia.

Heard is countersuing Depp for $100 million.

Depp, who is in London, will not be in the courtroom when the verdict is read, according to Fox News.

Amber Heard will be in the courtroom when the verdict is read at 3 p.m. Eastern time.
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Depp sued his ex-wife for $50 million in February 2019 over an op-ed she wrote which was published by The Washington Post in December 2018. Depp's trial began on April 11, and lasted for six weeks.


Depp blamed Heard's op-ed for damaging his career and costing him millions in movie gigs and other revenue.

The jury deliberated for three days, routinely sending questions to the attorneys for responses from the plaintiff and defendant.
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Depp and Heard were married from 2012 to 2016. She filed for divorce and a restraining order on May 23, 2016.

She alleged that Depp had been "verbally and physically abusive" to her throughout their marriage, usually while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The bisexual actress said violence began in their relationship while they were dating on and off in 2012.


A clinical psychologist who evaluated actress Amber Heard for 12 hours diagnosed her with personality disorders and a tendency to be violent with partners.

In 2019, Heard, 36, was accused of assaulting her ex-girlfriend, photographer Tasya van Ree.

After divorcing Depp in 2017, Heard dated billionaire Twitter owner Elon Musk for a year.

She is currently dating cinematographer Bianca Butti. Heard's daughter Oonagh Paige was born on April 8, 2021 via a surrogate.


Blac Chyna spent big bucks on a designer wardrobe, handbags and shoes for her showdown with the Kardashians & Jenners in an L.A. courtroom. But it was all for nothing.

A jury on Monday denied the socialite's claim for damages in her $100 million defamation lawsuit against Kris Jenner and her daughters, Kim, Kylie, Khloe, and Kourtney.

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Chyna won't even get reimbursed for her attorney's fees or stylist's fees.
RELATED: Kim Kardashian found not guilty of defaming Blac Chyna
The jury decided that none of the family members defamed Chyna or interfered with her ability to earn a living wage.

While the verdict was announced in L.A., the Kardashians were in NYC preparing to attend the 2022 MET Gala.


Chyna, a former stripper and "video vixen", claimed the family used their influence to get her reality TV series "Rob & Chyna" canceled in 2016.

She said the family interfered with her revenue and landed her in the poor house.

Chyna, real name Angela Renée White, was engaged to Rob Kardashian at the time. They share 5-year-old daughter Dream Kardashian. Rob, 35, has primary custody of Dream.

Chyna, 34, also has a son named King Cairo Stevenson, 9, with rapper Tyga.

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A judge threw out Kim Kardashian's portion of Blac Chyna's high-profile defamation case in a Los Angeles courtroom.

A Los Angeles judge ruled Kardashian, 40, should not be held liable in Blac Chyna's $100 million lawsuit because she didn't say anything "alleged to be defamatory."

According to court documents obtained by Us Weekly on Friday, April 29, the judge ruled that there was no evidence that Kardashian said anything defamatory against Chyna, 33.

The defamation claim against Kim was dismissed, but she is still on the hook for intentional interference with a contract for her part in canceling "Rob & Chyna" TV series.

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The ruling was based on the lawyers' arguments, and court documents, according to Page Six.

Even though Kardashian was dropped from the defamation lawsuit, she, her mother, Kris Jenner, and her sisters, Khloe, Kylie and Kourtney are still accused of using their influence to cancel a potential second season of Chyna and ex-fiancé Rob Kardashian's E! reality show.

However, former executive producer Jeff Jenkins said a second season was never on the table.

The case has gone to the jury and deliberations began at 9:30 a.m. West Coast time.

Update: No verdict today. The jury will return Monday morning to continue deliberations.

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Rob Kardashian testified in court about the domestic violence he suffered at the hands of his ex-fiancee, Blac Chyna.

Chyna is suing the Kardashians and Jenners for $100 million, alleging they black balled her and put her in the poor house by getting her "Rob & Chyna" reality TV series canceled.


Chyna was seen laughing hysterically after Rob testified against her in a Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday.

Rob said he began dating the former stripper when he was at his "lowest point" in life. Chyna took advantage of his mild manner.

He testified things went south quickly after he asked her to marry him when she fell pregnant with their daughter, Dream Kardashian.

He said Chyna beat him at least 5 times during their relationship and held a gun to his head several times.


Rob detailed how Chyna beat him with a metal rod and tied a phone cord around his neck, strangling him.

He became agitated on the stand when Chyna's attorney pointed out he didn't have scars on his face from the alleged beatings.

"Stop trying to make it sound like it didn't happen," he cried. " There were no marks on my face or neck. That doesn't mean it didn't happen."

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Rob testified he didn't love Chyna when he asked her to marry him. He was in love with a stripper - not the woman behind the personae.

"It wasn't real love. I had a baby with this girl," he said.

"I had a gun held to my head several times by this woman. That's not love."


Blac Chyna told a Los Angeles jury she was "just kidding" when she put a gun to Rob Kardashian's head and tied an iPhone cord around his neck.

Chyna is suing the Kardashians for $108 million for black balling her and urging executive producer Ryan Seacrest to cancel her reality series "Rob & Chyna."

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The fashionable reality TV star arrived to court on Wednesday accompanied by her stylist.
RELATED: Kardashian Lawyer Alleges Blac Chyna Held a Gun to Rob’s Head and Tried to Strangle Him with Phone Cord
Chyna came clean about her violent tendencies after the Kardashian family's attorney brought up the 2016 incident in court on Tuesday.

Attorney Michael Rhodes said Rob, 35, and Chyna got into a "major fight" at Kylie Jenner's house in 2016. He said Kris Jenner's boyfriend, Corey Gamble, got between them and broke up the fight.

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Chyna, 33, told the packed courtroom that she took a gun off of the dresser in their bedroom and "jokingly" put it to Rob's head, saying, "If you ever leave me..."

She insisted the deadly weapon was not loaded.

"It was not loaded. I would never shoot Rob or anyone at that. It was just joking, like, 'HA, HA!'"

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As for the allegation that she wrapped an iPhone cord around poor Rob's neck, Chyna had an explanation for that, too.

She said she "jokingly" wrapped the cord around Rob's neck and tightened it to "get his attention" while he played video games.

The mom of two insisted she was not trying to strangle Rob — although it may have seemed that way to him as he struggled to breathe.

Chyna is a petite 5-foot-2 and 135 pounds, while Rob is 5'-10' and weighed around 200 pounds at the time of the incident.

Chyna and Rob share 5-year-old daughter Dream Kardashian. A judge gave Rob primary custody of the child when she was an infant.


Kardashian family attorney Michael Rhodes claims Blac Chyna held a gun to Rob Kardashian's head and tried to strangle him with a phone cord.

Rhodes made the allegations on Tuesday in a Los Angeles courtroom where Chyna's $100 million lawsuit against the Kardashians is being heard.

Rhodes said Rob and Chyna got into a "major fight" during season 2 of "Rob and Chyna" on E! Network. The fight was captured on E!'s reality TV cameras but never aired.

Rhodes alleges that Kris' boyfriend Corey Gamble broke up the fight by physically getting between them at Kylie's house.


Blac Chyna, real name Angela Renee White, is a petite 5-foot-2 and weighs about 135 pounds. Rob is 5'-10" and weighed around 200 pounds at the time of the fight.

"This relationship was fraught with problems and the network was very worried," Rhodes said in court. "They were acting against their own financial interest to protect someone they loved."

Chyna accuses the Kardashians of defaming her and causing producers to cancel her reality TV series. She said she earned $100,000 per episode.

The Kardashian family admits asking producer Ryan Seacrest to cancel the series because they were trying to protect Rob from her.


"Miss White wanted something," Rhodes said. "She wanted to be one of them... She wanted that name. The evidence is going to show you that Miss White would say or do anything to be part of this family."


The family said Chyna took out a restraining order against Rob, so they couldn't be filmed together anyway.

Rob, 35, and Chyna, 33, share a daughter, Dream Kardashian. Rob is Dream's primary parent.

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Blac Chyna's mom, Tokyo Toni (right) was booted from an L.A. courtroom on Monday over social media threats she allegedly made toward the Kardashians.

Chyna, born Angela Renée White, is suing the Kardashians for $100 million for defaming her and causing her and Rob Kardashian's reality TV show to be canceled.

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Chyna claims she earned $100,000 per episode before the Kardashians allegedly coerced producer Ryan Seacrest to cancel the "Rob and Chyna" show.

Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian and their mother, Kris Jenner, were in the courtroom for jury selection.

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Cameras were not allowed inside the courtroom, but sketches by a courtroom artist show the Kardashians were annoyed that a majority of the potential jurors hate them. 19 potential jurors were dismissed on Monday after they said they couldn't rule in favor of the family.

The Kardashian's lawyer, Michael Rhodes, asked the judge to ban Tokyo Toni, real name Shalana Hunter, after she posted "veiled threats" toward the Kardashians and Kris Jenner online.

"Ms. Jenner was worried about her physical safety," Rhodes told the judge, according to Page Six.

Chyna's lawyer, Lynne Ciani, was unapologetic. "I can't control her mother. My client wants a fair trial. I already told her it was unacceptable and she can't be in the courtroom."

Jury selection is still ongoing and lawyers are having a difficult time picking jurors who don't hate the Kardashians or reality TV.

One potential juror was dismissed after he told the judge he could not be impartial to Kim Kardashian because he viewed her and Ray J's infamous sex tape. The man said he would replay that tape in his head if he was on the jury.

Witnesses say Kim was visibly upset by the references to the sex tape.

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Update 2: Jussie Smollett has been found guilty on the first 5 counts and not guilty on the 6th count. He was charged with 6 felony counts of lying to police.

He faces 15 years in prison on the first 5 counts. He could also be sentenced to probation.

Update 1: Jussie Smollett just arrived to a Chicago courthouse to hear the verdict in his hate crime hoax case.

On Wednesday, Judge James Linn told Smollett and his attorneys to be in the courtroom within 30 minutes of the announcement that a verdict has been reached.

That was over an hour ago.
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After 2 days of deliberations, the jury has reached a unanimous verdict in the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax trial.

If found guilty, Smollett, 39, could be sentenced to a maximum of 18 years in prison or probation.

During the trial, a smug Smollett testified there was no hoax and he really was assaulted by a man who had intimate relations with him.

Smollett also exposed his former pal, CNN anchor Don Lemon who told him the Chicago police didn't believe his story.

Lemon didn't disclose that to his viewers, but he did say he was in close contact with Smollett in the days before his arrest.

Smollett was charged with six counts of lying to police, saying he was assaulted by two white supremacists. He claimed the white supremacists yelled "This is MAGA country," tied a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him.

Nigerian brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola "Abel" OSundairo told police Smollett paid them $3,500 to gently assault him.

Prosecutors say Smollett orchestrated a homophobic, racist attack against himself to raise his profile in the TV and movie industry.

Even before the verdict was reached on Thursday, Smollett was shopping projects around and found financing for a TV project starring himself.

Black Lives Matter expressed support for the openly gay actor. A BLM spokesperson said: "We can never believe police, especially the Chicago Police Department over Jussie Smollett, a Black man who has been courageously present, visible, and vocal in the struggle for Black freedom."

Twitter users expressed skepticism.

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The jury in Harvey Weinstein's criminal trial sent a note to the judge saying they were deadlocked on 2 key counts Friday afternoon. But the judge sent them back to continue deliberating.

The 12-person jury members are hung on the first and/or third charges, for predatory sexual assault, and unanimous on the three remaining counts, reported.

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The disgraced Hollywood producer is on trial for 2 charges of predatory sexual assault and one charge each for first and third-degree rape. He is also hit with a first-degree criminal sexual act charge stemming from the allegations of three women: Miriam Haley, Jessica Mann, and Annabella Sciorra.

The women, who went voluntarily to Weinstein's hotel room, claim he forced them into depraved sexual acts. The women kept in contact with Weinstein after the alleged attacks. One even gave him her new phone number when she changed it.

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