- Amber Heard won’t be able to pay the more than $10 million in damages she owes to ex-husband Johnny Depp, her lawyer said.
- “Absolutely not,” Heard’s attorney Elaine Bredehoft said on the “Today” show on Thursday.
- A Virginia jury ruled Heard was liable of defaming Depp during the couple’s high-profile trial on Wednesday.
Amber Heard won’t be able to fork over the more than $10 million in damages that she owes to ex-husband Johnny Depp after a Virginia jury ruled in favor of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s defamation lawsuit against Heard, her lawyer said Thursday.
“Oh no, absolutely not,” Heard’s attorney Elaine Bredehoft said during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show when asked by host Savannah Guthrie whether Heard was able to pay the penalty.
Additionally, Bredehoft confirmed that the “Aquaman” actor will appeal Wednesday’s verdict, which Bredehoft said sends a “horrible message.”
EXCLUSIVE: @SavannahGuthrie talks to Amber Heard’s attorney, Elaine Charlson Bredhoft, following Johnny Depp's legal win. pic.twitter.com/i1EOlz1NcU— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 2, 2022
“It’s a significant setback because that is exactly what it means,” Bredehoft said, claiming, “Unless you pull out your phone and you video your spouse or your significant other beating you, effectively, you won’t be believed.”
Depp took Heard to court, accusing her of damaging his career with false domestic-violence allegations. Heard filed a countersuit against Depp.
A jury in the case returned a verdict on Wednesday following the bombshell six-week trial and found that Heard defamed Depp with a 2018 Washington Post op-ed.
The jury awarded Depp $15 million in his suit against Heard — $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, but the judge lessened the punitive damages to $350,000 due to limits set by state law.
Jurors in the case also found Depp liable for defamation against Heard when one of his attorneys claimed her allegations of domestic abuse were a “hoax.”
For that, the jury awarded Heard $2 million in damages.
The televised Depp v. Heard trial sent social media ablaze in recent weeks with the public largely favoring Depp.
And Bredehoft said she believes that social media “absolutely” had an effect on the jury even though they were instructed not to read any reports about the case.
“There’s no way they couldn’t have been influenced by it. It was horrible,” Bredehoft said, adding, “It really, really was lopsided.”
Bredehoft said that the jury ultimately did not believe Heard because Depp’s legal team “demonized” her client.
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