Is Depp’s Team Going to Go After WaPo Next?

Is Depp's Team Going to Go After WaPo Next?

Johnny Depp Wins Historic Lawsuit – Has Eyes Set Already On His Next Target

( – Actor Johnny Depp celebrated last week after a jury ruled his ex-wife Amber Heard defamed him. Is the legal victory the end of the matter, though? Lawyers are now speculating if Depp could sue the Washington Post, too.

In 2018, Heard wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post saying she was sexually abused; some say she seemingly accused her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. He sued. Then, on June 1, a Fairfax, Virginia jury found Heard’s statements to be malicious and aimed at defaming the famous actor. However the Washington Post wasn’t a defendant in the case — and some of Depp’s supporters believe the newspaper deserves its own turn in court for publishing the op-ed without first checking the facts.

After the shock verdict, attorney and legal analyst Brian Claypool told journalists newspapers have a duty to check information before they publish it and “potentially damage the reputation of somebody irreparably.” There’s no denying Depp’s reputation has been badly battered by his six-year legal battle with Heard, and that the actress’s claims in the op-ed were particularly damaging. Claypool called the Washington Post “the real culprit,” and said if it hadn’t published the op-ed, the defamation case would never have happened.

The newspaper recently added an editor’s note to the op-ed after Depp’s victory — which is still available on its website. The note points out a jury decided Heard’s three most controversial statements in the article were “false and defamatory.” Will that be enough to protect the WaPo from legal action?

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