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Johnny Depp Faces $38K Fine Despite Defamation Win Vs. Amber Heard

Although Johnny Depp has already moved on from the defamation legal triumph, it would seem that he has run into yet another challenge. 

Depp was successful in showing that the actress had lied (per Variety) about having given the $3.5 million to the American Civil Liberties Union (per Vanity Fair) during the six-week bombshell defamation trial he engaged in with his ex-wife Amber Heard. Due to this, Depp won the case. 

He is now required to reimburse the charity $38,000 for the time the ACLU spent retrieving the records because it was their duty to do so. 

Radar Online stated that after receiving a subpoena from the attorneys for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, some employees turned up 1,900 papers that they claimed took a lot of time and effort to gather. The lawyers asked them to make themselves accessible for a deposition, and they did. 

The news source was given copies of court documents stating that: “The ACLU provided three witnesses, including its Executive Director, for nearly sixteen hours of depositions.”

“Along the road, Mr. Depp turned down a number of potential agreements that would have lightened the load and reduced the costs for the ACLU and its staff.” 

The ACLU first demanded $86,000 from Depp as payment for their time and labor. The actor agreed to pay them a reduced amount, the specific number of which has not been revealed, but the actor’s legal team still referred to it as “exorbitant and unreasonable.” 

Despite this, the judge has determined that the cost will only be cut to $38,000, which is less than half of what the nonprofit organization had originally asked for. 

After his ex-wife Amber Heard wrote an opinion piece in which she claimed to have experienced sexual and domestic abuse, Johnny Depp sued her for defamation. 

Heard’s allegations, from the perspective of the actor who played “Edward Scissorhands,” hurt both his personal and professional reputations. 

A Virginia jury found in favor of the actor and ordered the “Aquaman” star to pay him a total of $10.35 million in damages after hearing testimony for a total of six arduous weeks. 

On June 24, following a further meeting in the courtroom with Heard’s legal team, the final decision was made. 

They said in a Deadline report that Heard would be forced to pay the damages as well as a penalty interest rate of 6%, which is purportedly equal to a total of $500,000, if she decided to appeal the decision. 

Radar phoned with the actress’s spokeswoman, who provided the following statement: .”If you are innocent, you do not submit a request for a pardon, as was indicated in the hearings that took place in Congress yesterday. Furthermore, if you are confident in your position, you should not refuse to submit an appeal.”

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