Attorneys for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met again in court on Friday and had one last chance to settle before the judge finalized the June 1 verdict. After a wild six-week trial, the jury found that each star defamed the other, but weighed heavily in Depp’s favor. The pirates of the caribbean star owes $10.35 million in damages, while Heard was paid $2 million. It sounds like Heard is appealing the verdict.
A spokesperson for the Aquarius actress made the following statement to Yahoo Entertainment, referring to the January 6, 2021 hearings: “As stated in yesterday’s congressional hearings, you do not ask for a pardon if you are innocent. And you do not refuse to appeal if you know you’re right.”
Depp’s attorney, Ben Chew, hinted that they would be open to a settlement if Heard refused to appeal.
“You all said it wasn’t meant to impoverish Mrs. Heard. Is it possible we can negotiate a settlement whereby she waives the appeal in exchange for waging any monetary damages for Mr. Depp?’ Good morning America asked anchor George Stephanopoulos.
“We obviously can’t release attorney-client communication, but as Mr. Depp testified…this was never about money for Mr. Depp,” Chew replied. “This was about restoring his reputation – and he did… that was what he was all about.”
The judge officially recorded the verdict on Friday. There is, however, a catch.
If Heard appeals, she will now have to pay interest at 6% per annum from now on. Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, said earlier on the… Today show that the actress can not afford the judgment. (“Oh no – absolutely not.”)
In a recent meeting with NBC, Heard claimed that Depp abused her, which he has denied for six years. As of 2011, she produced a folder of therapist notes that the actress said back up her claims, but were not allowed to be shown during the trial.
“It’s unfortunate that, while Johnny wants to move forward with his life, the defendant and her team are repeating, rethinking and re-challenging cases already decided by the court and a verdict that was decided unanimously and unequivocally. from Johnny,” said a Depp spokesperson.
Depp, meanwhile, is booking gigs again – just not necessarily with scripts. The actor announced that he is reuniting with his rock supergroup The Hollywood Vampires for an overseas tour.
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