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Amber Heard’s insurance refuses to pay $8m damages as she ‘wilfully’ defamed Johnny Depp

Amber Heard’s insurance company has reportedly filed a lawsuit in federal court against the actress claiming that they are not liable to pay part of the $8 million damages owed to her ex-husband, Johnny Depp.

In a policy written in 2019, New York Marine and General Insurance Co. stated it would pay up to $1m.

However, in the suit filed on Friday, the company claims that it is not obligated to cover a portion of the damages because Ms Heard “wilfully” defamed Mr Depp.

This is because the policy was filed in California where the law states that an insurer does not need to pay if the policy holder committed “wilful” misconduct.

The company said in its filing: “An actual controversy has arisen and now exists between Plaintiff, on the one hand, and Heard, on the other hand, with regard to the duties and obligations owed between Plaintiff and Heard under the Policy with respect to indemnity.

“The jury’s factual findings establish that Heard’s liability is caused by the wilful act(s) of Heard,” as reported by Los Angeles Times.

Last month, Mr Depp won his defamation suit against Ms Heard after the jury found that she defamed him in her 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post.

The article discussed her experience as a survivor of domestic abuse and the jurors found that the contents defamed Mr Depp “with malice”.

Last week, Ms Heard’s legal team filed an appeal which asked Fairfax County Court to set aside the verdict or order a new trial.

In the document, attorney Elaine Bredehoft says the damages awarded to Mr Depp are “excessive” and “unsupported by the evidence and law”.

Ms Bredehoft also cites issues with the arguments set forward by Mr Depp’s legal team and the jury’s credibility.

On Friday, the legal team filed further documents which argued that a fake juror was present for the trial.

They say that the juror was not the person summoned to serve on the jury.

The individual in question lives at the same address and shares the same last name as the person summoned, however, they were born 25 years apart.

Shortly after the verdict was announced in June, Ms Heard said in a statement that she was “heartbroken” and “disappointed” with the result and what it “means for women”.

Contrarily, Mr Depp said he was “humbled” by the verdict and thanked the jury for giving him his “life back”.

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