Amber Heard has reportedly struck a big deal that could net the actor a big paycheck. The ‘Aquaman’ star was recently found guilty of slandering her ex-husband Johnny Depp after she claimed she was physically and emotionally abused during their relationship. As a result of the trial, a jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Heard – who countered the Pirates of the Caribbean frontman – was also awarded $2 million after the jury found Depp guilty of defamation.
Despite losing the high-profile case, Heard has doubled down on her claims that she was abused during her 15-month marriage to Depp. “Until the day I die [I] will stand by every word I say,” Heard told Savannah Guthrie on Today.
In total, Heard owed Depp $10,350,000 – as Virginia laws prevent punitive damages from exceeding $350,000. And while Heard’s lawyer has since indicated that the actor won’t be able to pay the hefty fine, the ‘London Fields’ star may be preparing for a very lucrative move.
Amber Heard’s tell-all book is reportedly causing a bidding war
Amber Heard may not be in financial turmoil for much longer as the actor’s tell-all book could net her a hefty paycheck. According to Radar Online, publishers are in the middle of a multi-million dollar bidding war for the actor’s first book. The outlet reports that Heard’s book deal could bring in as much as $15 million.
When rumors of Heard’s revelation first surfaced, a source told OK!, “Amber considers her Hollywood career over. She is already in talks and is looking forward to it. At this point she has nothing to lose and wants to tell everything. However, author Dror Bikel told the outlet whether Heard is “crossing the line [with her book]there’s no question she’ll be hit with another defamation lawsuit and go straight back to court.”
In the meantime, Depp has seemingly wasted little time returning to his entertaining roots. Depp stars in the French film Jeanne du Barry, which sold to distributors in Cannes in May. The actor also returned to his role as Johnny Puff in Puffins Impossible. And while there were reports that Depp would reprise his starring role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, one of Depp’s reps told NBC News (via E!), “This is made up.” The film’s producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, seemed a bit more receptive to the idea, however. Bruckheimer told The Sunday Times (via E!), “The future has yet to be decided.”