“The jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled,” Depp said in a statement after the jury awarded him $15 million in damages and just $2 million to Heard after the jury ruled that she defamed Depp when she wrote a 2018 Washington Post op-ed alluding to her past claims of domestic violence.
“From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome,” he said.
Depp went on to add, “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.”
While the jury in the verdict sided more with Depp, it still ruled that Depp defamed Heard in the course of fighting back against her charges.
Apart from Depp celebrating the verdict, fans of the actor and his on-screen character, used a famous line from the film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean‘ to add a humorous twist to the bitter battler.
“Amber Heard will always remember this as the day she almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow,” said a fan about the verdict.
Soon, many others joined in and shared their favourite scene from the film and got ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’ trending on social media. “Captain Jack sparrow till this day has never been caught,” said another.
Scroll below to see some of the hilarious tweets that were shared online:
Amber Heard will always remember this as the day she almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow.
— Carter Andrews (@cartertheepic) 1654112126000
“the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow” #JohnnyDepp YES YES YES https://t.co/QTWb5SW7YW
— hozzzaa (@hozzzaa) 1654112251000
“Tell the world Johnny, see what a Judge or Jury thinks. Tell the world, I Johnny Depp, a man, am a victim too of d… https://t.co/FWZ7BaOSQH
— Jack Sparrow (Immortalis) (@JackSparrow9IM) 1654116180000
JOHNNY DEPP HAS BEEN VINDICATED#johnnydepp #justiceforjohnnydepp #jacksparrow #AmberHeardlsALiar https://t.co/7EtQdoGZOI
— Demon Barber ♀ (@FleetStSweeney) 1654113973000
The villains that Captain Jack Sparrow defeated… ❤️ #JusticeForJohhnyDepp #AmberTurd #JohnnyDepp https://t.co/0zHbMvyFRY
— ☞ ✘︵✘ (@Pepo_AmG) 1654113938000
I’m crying #justiceforjohnnydepp #johnnydepp #deppvsheard #evebarlow #abusehasnogender #mentoo https://t.co/QQ7YrTvt4w
— gemma (@gemma49474378) 1654116996000
HE DID IT !…He told the world and we believed him❤️…Everyone watching the veredict #JusticeForJohhnyDepp… https://t.co/REvVAwix07
— Gina Hdez (@Gina_980) 1654116989000
Even Amber Heard can’t catch Captain Jack Sparrow.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) 1654115566000
Captain Jack sparrow till this day has never been caught
— OpTic Trippy (@TriPPPeY) 1654112081000
Unless @Disney comes up with more than $300 million and a million alpacas, Johnny Depp took his final bow as Captai… https://t.co/FSqfz29oFS
— Johnny Depp’s Warrior (@johndeppwarrior) 1653562128000
Meanwhile, Amber Heard has slammed the jury’s decision in her statement, released shortly after the trial.
“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words,” she said.
“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.”
The actress, however, also earned some flak for her comment that read, “I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback… It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously.”
The statement hit a nerve among Twitterati, who slammed her saying, “Don’t do this. Do not bring all other women into this. This isn’t about all women and it isn’t fair to try to make it about anyone but you.”
“#AmberHeard has done more harm to women’s right, treatment, #MeToo, than any other person with her lies. She’s been exposed and yet still has the audacity to double down,” read another tweet.
Depp and Heard each spent days on the witness stand during the televised trial, which was attended by hundreds of fans of the “Pirates” star and accompanied by a #JusticeForJohnnyDepp campaign on social media.
Video and audio recordings of heated, profanity-laced arguments between the couple were played for the jury, which was also shown photographs of injuries allegedly suffered by Heard during their volatile relationship.
Hours of testimony were devoted to a grisly finger injury that Depp suffered while filming an instalment of “Pirates” in Australia in March 2015.
Heard said Depp would become a physically and sexually abusive “monster” during alcohol- and drug-fueled binges and resisted her repeated efforts to curb his drinking and drug use.
Depp testified that it was Heard who was frequently violent and said it had been “brutal” to listen to “outlandish” accusations of domestic abuse.
Heard, who was married to Depp from 2015 to 2017, obtained a restraining order against him in May 2016, citing domestic violence.
Both sides claimed that the abuse accusations and surrounding publicity had damaged their Hollywood careers.