CTV Your Morning Interview regarding Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

Title: CTV Your Morning Interview regarding Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Date: June 2, 2022
Description: On June 2, 2022, Tanya Walker appeared on CTV Your Morning to discuss the USA and UK Johnny Depp verdicts.

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other news that we are following of

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course is the verdict that a virginia

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jury ruled in favor of actor johnny depp

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in a libel lawsuit that was of course he

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brought against his ex-wife amber heard

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the jury awarded debt more than 10

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million dollars in effect ruling that

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heard did indeed defame him when she

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wrote an article for the washington post

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back in 2018 that article described

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herself as a victim of domestic abuse

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depp’s name was not mentioned in the

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article so joining us for some analysis

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this morning is tanya walker of walker

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law corporation welcome back to your

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morning good to have you here thanks

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thank you for having me great to see you

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what did johnny depp need to prove in

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order to obtain a successful ruling

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he had to prove that he never assaulted

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her that the article defamed him that it

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was written with malice and that it

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damaged his reputation and because he

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was not named specifically in the

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article how is he still able to get a

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successful ruling

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well

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my caveat is i’m licensed in ontario so

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this is my knowledge of ontario a lot
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but i would think it might apply to
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virginia law you what a reasonable
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person would think after they’ve read
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the article what would they conclude um
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even though he’s not mentioned someone
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may conclude that uh he was the one who
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caused the domestic abuse
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especially since there was already a
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ruling and misheard uh favor um in
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england by that time yeah depp lost a
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similar lawsuit in the uk against a
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british tabloid who called him quote a
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wife beater what was different about
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this lawsuit that may have led to a
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different result
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well three things i i noted the first is
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that the law for defamation is different
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in commonwealth countries such as canada
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uk in comparison to united states so in
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the uk you have to show that in canada
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you just basically show that you’re
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defamed and it’s up to the person who’s
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accused of defaming you to defend
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themselves the united states mr depp had
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had more responsibility to prove his
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case the second is in the uk the trial
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was by a judge where in the united
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states it was a trial by a jury and so
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the judge didn’t allow certain witnesses
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to testify believe certain witnesses
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were witnesses were not relevant and the
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last what i thought was very important
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is that mr depp sued the newspaper
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company in the uk while in the united
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states he sued his ex-wife and
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newspaper companies media publications
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have a little bit more defenses
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available to them when it comes to
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defamation
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so i i believe those are the three kind
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of fundamental differences between the
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two countries
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amber heard released a statement on
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twitter giving her thoughts on the
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verdict here some of what she had to say
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i’m even more disappointed with what
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this verdict means for other women it’s
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a setback it sets back the clock to a
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time when a woman who spoke up and spoke
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out could publicly be humiliated it sets
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back the idea that violence against
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women is to be taken seriously
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what are your thoughts on a precedent
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being set concerning future public
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claims of abuse against high-profile
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people
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um i don’t really think this is a
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precedent i don’t know if anyone is
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going to appeal in the united kingdom
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she was essentially successful even
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though the newspaper was sued and
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there was an appeal that mr depp wanted
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to do but it was denied
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he didn’t have the right to do complete
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or argue that appeal so i don’t know if
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this is really precedent at this time
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because someone may appeal and it may go
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all the way up to maybe the supreme
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court i’m not too sure um i can
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understand her disappointment um but i
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don’t think it’s essentially a precedent
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that should dissuade anyone from
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reporting any type of abuse that they
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may feel that they’ve had experienced
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tandy i always hope to bring great
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context and understanding to these cases
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thanks so much
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thank you very much
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you

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