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Camille Vasquez and Johnny Depp Actor Johnny Depp stands next to his lawyer, Camille Vasquez, after a break in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (Credit: Kevin Lamarque/Pool via AP)

While most commentators have focused on how the recent verdict in the matter between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has impacted public perception of abuse allegations, the outcome has also been of interest to those focused on professional liability risks.

That is because the jury found Depp liable for defamation as a result of a statement in which his ex-wife’s abuse allegations were called a “hoax.” Notably, the evidence was not that Depp made that statement but that his lawyer made the statement when speaking to the media.



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