Amber Heard Unable to Pay Damages to Johnny Depp & Wants to Appeal

With the defamation lawsuit between American celebrities and ex-couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard drawing to an end on Wednesday (1 June), I’m sure you’ve heard about the outcome of the case.

After a gruelling month or so in court, a jury of seven members decided to lean in Depp’s favour and awarded him US$10.35 million (approximately S$14.2 million) in damages.

On the other hand, US$2 million (approximately S$2.7 million) was awarded to his ex-wife Amber Heard.

The jury concluded that both Depp, 58, and Heard, 36, both defamed each other, but sided with Depp more.

Heard Unable to Pay Depp Damages, Looking to Appeal Verdict

After the conclusion of the case, Heard’s attorney Elaine Bredehoft was asked on NBC’s TODAY show if Heard will be able to pay Depp the US$10.35 million awarded to him in damages.

To that, she replied, “Oh no, absolutely not.”

In addition to that, Bredehoft also revealed that Heard is intending on appealing the verdict

Heard was initially sued by Depp after she wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post back in December 2018 where she shared that she was a “public figure representing domestic abuse”.

Even though Heard did not specifically name Depp as her abuser, Depp sued her and sought US$50 million in damages for hinting that he abused her through the op-ed.

Heard then countersued Depp for US$100 million after Adam Waldman, Depp’s lawyer, told the Daily Mail that Heard’s abuse claims were a “hoax”.

Prior to this case, Depp lost a libel case against The Sun, a London tabloid, back in 2020. The Sun wrote that Depp was a “wife-beater”.

And while Depp and his team were all smiles on after they won the case, Heard expressed that she was “heart-broken”.

Lawsuit Unfair to Heard

According to Bredehoft, Depp’s legal team had tried to “demonise” Heard.

They also withheld important evidence in the trial which led to the jurors being unable to look into Depp’s abuse of Heard.

“A number of things were allowed in this court that should not have been allowed and it caused the jury to be confused,” she explained.

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Apart from that, Bredehoft also claimed that Heard’s failure to win the case will suppress the progress achieved by abuse awareness campaigns such as the MeToo movement, and that women will be discouraged from seeking justice for sexual harassment and abuse.

“It’s a horrible message,” Bredehoft said.

“It’s a significant setback, because that’s exactly what it means.

“Unless you pull out your phone and you video your spouse or your significant other beating you, effectively you won’t be believed.”

As for Depp, he mentioned, “The jury gave me my life back.”

“The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun,” he added in a statement.

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