One of the most controversial and popular, the Amber Heard v. Johnny Depp libel case, lasted approximately six weeks in April and May 2022. After an American jury in Virginia ruled in favor of the actor Johnny Depp, awarding him $10.35 million in damages in his high-profile libel lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber’s 2018 Washington Post op-ed.
Now, Depp’s attorneys Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez have hinted the actor may waive the money Heard owes him, adding that the case was never about money.
The court also awarded Amber Heard $2 million in compensatory damages related to a countersuit she filed against claims by Depp’s attorney.
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In a recent interview on Good Morning America, host George Stephanopoulos asked Johnny’s attorneys if the two sides would reach a settlement, with Johnny waiving damages and Amber no longer appealing the case. Benjamin indicated that could happen.
“We obviously cannot disclose any attorney-client communication, but as Mr. Depp testified and as we both made clear in our respective submissions, there was never any question of money for him. He it was about restoring his reputation, and he did.” Depp’s attorney said on the show.
The ex-couple argued over a 2018 article in which Heard discussed domestic violence, which did not mention Johnny’s name. The article prompted Johnny to file a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife for $50 million in damages.
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The June 1 judgment found that Amber could not support her claims with any evidence against Johnny Depp, and as a result, her domestic violence claims were proven to be false. The jury also agreed that Johnny had, in one respect, defamed Heard. Accordingly, she was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard started dating after working on the movie “Rum Diary” (2009). The couple married in 2015 and in 2016 Heard filed for divorce which was granted in 2017. And in 2018 Amber wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post where she claimed to be a victim of domestic violence. This forced Johnny to file a libel suit against the actress.
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