Amber Heard has been ordered in writing to pay Johnny Depp $10.35 million following the defamation trial judgement involving the two actors. By identifying herself as a victim of domestic violence in an opinion article she authored in December 2018, she has been held guilty for harming Johnny Depp’s reputation.
After a brief hearing in Fairfax County Circuit Court, judge Penney Azcarate, according to the media, filed a judgment order into the court file. Additionally, she mandated that Amber pay Johnny $2 million in settlement of her complaint that one of Johnny’s attorneys had slandered her.
According to the news source, the judge stated during Friday’s hearing that if Amber appeals, she would need to post a bond equal to the whole $10.35 million judgment amount while the appeal is underway. Both awards are entitled to 6% interest annually, according to the judge’s decision. Prior to this, the jury had determined that Johnny should be awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages; but, due to a state cap, the court cut the punitive damages verdict to $350,000.
According to Amber’s attorney Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, the star is unable to pay such a large sum. Amber said, “Oh no, definitely not,” when asked if she would be able to give Johnny the specified sum.
Additionally, she had claimed, “She was demonized here. The jury was perplexed since a lot of things that ought not to have been permitted in this court were. We were not permitted to inform them of the UK ruling. Damages don’t exist.
After a protracted defamation trial that was shown on television and during which both stars divulged startling information about their brief marriage from 2015 to 2017, the judgement was delivered on June 1. Internet users from all around the world took sides in the trial and expressed astonishment at what one of the two had said about the other. Amber has stated that she intends to contest the judgment.
Amber referred to herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse” in an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018 that led to Johnny suing Amber.