The world watched in anticipation as Johnny Depp and Amber Heard battled it out in court, the courtroom resembling a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean. Depp’s Jack Sparrow and Heard’s… Barbosa? … dueled for days and used the grandstand as a theater of war. From recounting instances of physical abuse to playing disturbing audio messages, players were quick to point fingers at their ex-spouse in the process, and we all watched the alleged, mutually assured destruction like it was a daytime soap opera.
In a surprising turn of events — considering how rarely plaintiffs win libel cases — Depp emerged victorious when the judge ruled that Heard was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, according to USA Today. And while Aquaman awaited the final verdict, Depp performed in the UK with musician Jeff Beck, clearly showing he was ready to get his life – and career – back on track.
In an interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie after the trial, Heard expressed disappointment with the decision. “I’m afraid that no matter what I do, no matter what I say or how I say it, every step I take will present another opportunity for that kind of silence,” Heard said when asked if she believed Depp would ever sue her again. Despite this, she later filed papers to overturn the verdict, possibly setting the stage for a new defamation trial. Now Depp has made his stance on his ex-wife’s legal affairs crystal clear.
Johnny Depp’s team refutes Amber Heard’s efforts to repeat the process
As Johnny Depp gets his career back on track, Amber Heard still wants justice done as she believes the verdict agreed in the original defamation trial was wrong. As Deadline noted, once the jury’s decision was reached, Heard’s legal team jumped on appeal, with attorney Elaine Bredehoft doubling down on claims that Heard was “demonized.”[d]’ from Depp’s defense.
And while Heard firmly believes her true story was not presented in court, her ex-husband’s legal team was quick to dismiss her appeal, stating that the actress “has found no legitimate basis to challenge the jury’s decision in any respect.” The star’s legal team claimed in their filing, “The verdict was well supported by overwhelming evidence consistent with the law and should not be overturned. Mr Depp respectfully submits that the court should dismiss Ms Heard’s post-trial motions, which border on the frivolous.”
To complicate matters for the “Aquaman” actress, Heard’s insurance company — New York Marine and General Insurance — won’t help her pay Depp the $10.4 million she owes him, even though she’s with the payment from the insurance company. New York Marine and General Insurance are taking the matter to court and fighting Heard for responsibility, a lawsuit filed in California shows (per Yahoo! News). Depp has made it clear he has no intention of going through another defamation trial, and Heard’s lawsuits are only mounting.