Amber Heard will appeal against the Verdict by Jury
Johnny Depp’s and Amber Heard’s attorneys had one more chance to reach a settlement before the judge formalised the decision on June 1. Each celebrity was found guilty of defaming the other, but the jury ultimately sided with Depp after a dramatic six-week trial. Heard was granted $2 million, while the Pirates of the Caribbean actor is owed $10.35 million. According to reports, Heard plans to challenge the decision.
Speaking on the insurrection hearings that took place on January 6, 2021, an Aquaman actress’s representative released the following statement: “As stated in yesterday’s congressional hearings, you don’t ask for a pardon if you are innocent. And, you don’t decline to appeal if you know you are right.”
Depp’s lawyer Ben Chew said that they were willing to settle provided Heard would not pursue an appeal.
“You all have said that the goal was not to impoverish Ms. Heard. Is it possible where we could see a settlement where she forgoes the appeal in return for Mr. Depp waiving any monetary damages?” George Stephanopoulos of Good Morning America posed the question.
“We obviously can’t disclose attorney-client communications, but as Mr. Depp testified … this was never about money for Mr. Depp,” “This was about restoring his reputation — and he’s done that … that’s what it was about for him.”
The judge filed the ruling into the official court record on Friday. But there is a catch, as you probably guessed.
If Heard chooses to appeal, she will be charged interest at the rate of 6% each year. Elaine Bredehoft, Heard’s attorney, has stated in the past that the actress cannot pay the judgement. “Oh, no — absolutely not.”
Even though Depp has rejected the abuse allegations against him for the past six years, Heard reiterated them in a recent interview with NBC. The actress brought a binder full of therapist notes dating back to 2011 to support her accusations, but the court ruled that they could not be presented as evidence.
“It’s unfortunate that while Johnny is looking to move forward with his life, the defendant and her team are back to repeating, reimagining and re-litigating matters that have already been decided by the Court and a verdict that was unanimously and unequivocally decided by the jury in Johnny’s favour,” a spokesperson for Depp said.
Meanwhile, Depp is back in the booking game, but not necessarily for scripted work. The actor recently revealed plans to travel internationally with his former rock band, The Hollywood Vampires.