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GoFundMe shuts down Amber Heard fundraiser to ‘help cover Johnny Depp damages’

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A GoFundMe page purportedly set up to help Amber Heard pay damages to Johnny Depp has been removed by the platform.

In a nutshell

TMZ reports that crowdfunding service GoFundMe is clamping down on fake pages set up with the reported goal of raising money for Amber Heard in the wake of her defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp.

At least one fundraising page, set up by someone called Kimberley Moore with a target of $1 million, has already been shut down by GoFundMe after the platform established that it wasn’t legitimate.

The above fundraiser was set up with the following description: “I believe Amber, and social media protected the abuser. The judgment exceeds her net worth. It’s so sad that he was able to get away with the abuse. The judgment furthers that abuse. If you can please help her.”

Moore claimed to be in contact with Heard’s attorneys and promised that any funds raised would go directly to the Aquaman actress.

A spokesperson for GoFundMe told TMZ that the platform would continue to search for and remove fake pages.

Background

After a highly-publicised trial in Fairfax, Virginia, a seven-person jury found that Heard had defamed Depp with three elements of an op-ed written for The Washington Post in 2018.

The verdict saw Depp awarded $10 million in compensatory damages, as well as $5 million in punitive damages, although Virginia caps punitive damages at $350,000 so Judge Penney Azcarate reduced the figure to that amount for Depp.

Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages after the jury found that she was defamed by Depp’s former attorney, meaning that Depp is owed approximately $8.35 million by Heard.

What’s been said?

The day after the verdict was delivered, Heard’s attorney Elaine Charlson Bredehoft took part in an interview in which she insisted her client cannot afford to pay the damages to her ex-husband.

“A number of things were allowed in this court that should not have been allowed and it caused the jury to be confused. We weren’t allowed to tell them about the UK judgement so the damages are completely skewed,” Bredehoft said, referencing Depp’s previous defamation suit against The Sun newspaper.

Heard is expected to appeal the verdict, though the grounds of the appeal remain unconfirmed.

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