Lawyers for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met again in court on Friday and had one last chance to settle before the judge delivers the June 1 verdict. After a wild six-week trial, the jury found that each star defamed the other but weighed heavily in favor of Depp. The Pirates of the Caribbean star owes $10.35 million in damages while Heard was awarded $2 million. It looks like Heard will appeal the verdict.
A spokesperson for the Aquaman The actress released the following statement to Yahoo Entertainment and referenced the January 6, 2021 insurrection hearings: “As stated during yesterday’s congressional hearings, you are not asking for a pardon if you are innocent. And you don’t refuse to appeal if you know you’re right.”
Depp’s attorney, Ben Chew, hinted they would be willing to settle if Heard declined to appeal.
“You all said the goal was not to impoverish Ms. Heard. Is it possible to see a settlement in which she waives the appeal in exchange for Mr. Depp waiving any monetary compensation?” hello america asked presenter George Stephanopoulos.
“We obviously cannot disclose attorney-client communications, but as Mr. Depp testified … it was never about money for Mr. Depp,” Chew replied. “It was about restoring his reputation – and he did… that’s what it was about for him.”
On Friday, the judge formally entered the judgment into the court record. There is a catch, however.
If Heard appeals, she must pay an interest penalty of 6% per year from now on. Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, previously said on the Today show that the actress can’t afford the judgment. (“Oh, no – absolutely not.”)
During a recent meeting with NBC, Heard alleged that Depp abused her, which he denied for six years. She produced a binder of therapist notes from 2011 which the actress says support her claims, but were not allowed to be shown at trial.
“It is unfortunate that as Johnny seeks to move on with his life, the defendant and her team are beginning to repeat, re-imagine and challenge issues that have already been decided by the Court and a verdict that has been decided. unanimously and unequivocally by the jury in favor of Johnny,” a spokesperson for Depp said.
Depp, meanwhile, is booking gigs again — but not necessarily ones involving scripts. The actor has announced that he is reuniting with his rock supergroup The Hollywood Vampires for an overseas tour.
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