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The much-watched Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial concluded with a jury finding that Depp was defamed by an op-ed written by Heard in 2018. The question of defamation, whether Depp's reputation was damaged by false statements in the op-ed, was what the jury was asked to decide.
Defamation is defined as:
: the act of communicating false statements about a person that injure the reputation of that person : the act of defaming another
This defamation case is also referred to as a libel case.
Slander is used when referring to a false and defamatory oral statement about a person, whereas libel refers to a written statement.
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