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Love Island star Tayla Damir says she was ‘extremely triggered’ by Johnny Depp winning his defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard – for claiming she was a victim of domestic violence
Former Love Island Australia star Tayla Damir has claimed she is a survivor of domestic violence after waking up to ‘triggering’ news of Johnny Depp’s legal victory over ex-wife Amber Heard.
Depp sued Heard, to whom he was married from 2015 to 2017, for defamation after she wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in 2018 in which she falsely suggested that he was a domestic abuser.
The 58-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star won the case in a Virginia court on Wednesday and Heard, 36, has been ordered to pay more than $10 million to her former husband.
Speaking: Former Love Island Australia star Tayla Damir (pictured) has claimed she is a survivor of domestic violence after waking up to ‘triggering’ news about Johnny Depp’s legal victory over ex-wife Amber Heard
Although Depp was found in favor by a US court jury, Ms Damir said she was troubled by the trial and feared the outcome would leave abuse victims feeling that “nobody will believe them.”
The 25-year-old, who is now happily engaged to AFL Prime Minister Nathan Broad, wrote on Instagram after the verdict was handed down: “As someone who has experienced domestic violence in a relationship at a young age and survived, the Johnny The Case Depp and Amber Heard is extremely shocking.
The case has been seen by the world as a drama series. An opportunity for memes and TikTok videos. The worst part about this lawsuit is that neither of them are fighting for changes in domestic violence, but instead are arguing about their reputation.
“It’s a business built on ego.”
Ms Damir added that real victims of domestic violence are ‘afraid that no one will believe them’ and the ‘reaction of the world in recent weeks’ [to the Depp vs Heard trial] would scare a lot of people to come forward’.
“It’s not about who won or lost, it’s about respecting people who survive from domestic violence and who didn’t survive and who are trying to survive,” she concluded her post.
Tayla’s Opinion: While Depp was vindicated by a U.S. court jury, Ms Damir said in a lengthy Instagram post (pictured) that she was troubled by the trial and feared its outcome would leave victims of abuse feeling like ” no one will believe them’
Heard said she was “heartbroken” after five men and two women on the jury found her account of Depp’s abuse to be largely untrue.
The Aquaman star was ordered by the court to pay him $15 million in damages, including $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
The latter amount was reduced to $350,000 due to Virginia’s cap on such prizes.
However, the jury found her partially justified and awarded her $2 million, but the verdict was overwhelmingly in Depp’s favor.
Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez said Wednesday that the jury’s verdict “confirms what we’ve said from the start” — stressing that the allegations he had abused Heard were without evidence and defamatory.
Case: Heard said she was “heartbroken” after five men and two women on the jury found her account of Depp’s abuse (pictured April 20) was largely untrue
Payout: The Aquaman star was ordered by the court to pay him $15 million in damages, including $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. The latter amount was reduced to $350,000 due to Virginia’s cap on such prizes
Outside the court in Fairfax, Virginia, a jubilant Ms. Vasquez praised the jury for their decision, reached at the end of a six-week trial and after 12 hours of deliberation.
They found overwhelmingly in Depp’s favor and concluded that Heard had defamed him with her 2018 Washington Post op-ed.
Depp was not in court for the verdict, having traveled to England to perform with his band.
Heard struggled to keep her composure, but was calm.
Immediately after, she released a statement saying she was “heartbroken” and described it as a setback for women and freedom of expression.
Court: Immediately after the verdict was handed down, Heard released a statement saying she was “heartbroken” and describing it as a setback for women and freedom of expression