Aquaman actress Amber Heard, who recently lost the highly publicized libel lawsuit against ex-husband Johnny Depp, is reportedly unable to pay the ‘Pirates of the Dead’ star $10 million in damages. Caribbean”. On Thursday, lawyers for Heard revealed that the actress will soon appeal the verdict in the defamation case.
On Wednesday, the bitter and long televised court battle ended and a seven-person jury found Depp and Heard defamed each other. The jury awarded Depp $10.35 million in damages and Heard was awarded $2 million.
During an interaction recently, Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, was asked if the actress would be able to pay the damages to her ex-husband. To which, she replied, “Oh no, absolutely not.” She added that Heard wanted to appeal the verdict.
Depp, 58, who lost a libel case against The Sun tabloid in London in 2020 for calling him a ‘wife beater’, celebrated the split verdict in the case as a victory while Heard said that she was “heartbroken.”
Depp sued Heard over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018 in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence.”
Texas-born Heard, who starred in ‘Aquaman,’ didn’t name Depp in the play, but he sued her for implying he was a domestic abuser and demanded $50 million. dollars in damages.
Heard, 36, has sued for $100 million, claiming she was defamed by statements made by Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, who told the Daily Mail that her abuse allegations were a ” prank”.
Bredehoft said Depp’s legal team worked to “demonize” Heard and suppress crucial evidence in the trial, preventing jurors from considering evidence of Depp’s alleged abuse.
“A number of things were allowed in this court that shouldn’t have been allowed, and it confused the jury,” she said.
The lawyer said the ruling bodes ill for the MeToo movement and would discourage women from reporting sexual harassment and abuse.
“It’s a horrible message,” Bredehoft said. “It’s a significant setback, because that’s exactly what it means.
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“Unless you pull out your phone and film your spouse or partner having a fight, you will indeed not be believed.”
For his part, Depp hailed the verdict, saying “The jury gave my life back to me.”
“The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun,” Depp said in a statement.
(With agency contributions)
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