In a TV interview, Amber Heard’s lawyer said the actress can’t afford to pay Johnny Depp millions in damages and will appeal the verdict.
Actress Amber Heard cannot pay her ex-husband Johnny Depp more than $10 million in damages, her lawyer said Friday (AEST) after a US jury sided Pirates of the Caribbean star in a bitter defamation trial.
The high-profile, televised trial ended on Thursday when a seven-member jury found that Depp and Heard slandered each other but leaned much more towards Depp’s opinion.
A jury after a six-week trial of domestic violence claims and counterclaims awarded him $10.35 million in damages, as opposed to the $2 million awarded to Heard.
Asked on the NBC TODAY show if Heard would be able to pay, her lawyer Elaine Bredehoff replied, “Oh no, absolutely not.”
She added that Aquaman the star is appealing the verdict and “has good reason to do so.”
Depp, 58, who lost a libel case against British tabloid The Sun in London in 2020 for calling him a “wife beater”, marked the split verdict in the case as a win, while Heard said she was “murdered”. grief.” “.
Depp sued Heard over an article she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018 in which she called herself “a public figure representing domestic violence.”
Texas native Hurd did not name Depp in the article, but he sued her for insinuating he was a domestic abuser and seeking $50 million in damages.
Heard, 36, filed a $100 million counterclaim, saying she was defamed by statements made by Depp’s lawyer Adam Waldman, who told the Daily Mail that her abuse claims were a “hoax”.
Bredehof said Depp’s legal team worked to “demonize” Heard and withheld important evidence in court by preventing jurors from examining evidence of Depp’s alleged abuse.
“A few things were allowed in this court that should not have been allowed, and that left the jury confused,” she said.
“We had a huge amount of evidence that was hidden in this UK case,” she said.
“In the UK case, when it came down to it, Amber won and Mr. Depp lost.”
The lawyer said the decision did not bode well for the MeToo movement and would discourage women from reporting sexual harassment and violence.
“This is a terrible message,” Bredehof said. “It’s a significant setback because that’s exactly what it means.
“If you don’t pull out your phone and videotape your spouse or significant other beating you, you won’t actually be believed.”
TODAY asked Bredehoft about Heard’s immediate reaction to the court verdict, which was held in Fairfax County District Court near the US capital.
“One of the first things she said was, ‘I feel so sorry for all these women,'” she said. “It’s a setback for all the women in and out of the courtroom, and she feels the burden.”
In a statement, Hurd said, “The frustration I feel today is beyond words.”
“I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence is still not enough to counter the disproportionate power, influence and influence of my ex-husband,” she said.
For his part, Depp welcomed the verdict, saying, “The jury gave me my life back.” “The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun,” Depp said in a statement.
Bredehof said social media may have influenced the case, even though jurors were ordered not to look at the case.
“It can’t be that it didn’t affect them, and it was terrible,” she said. “It was really, really one-sided.”
Herd’s lawyer also said she was opposed to televising the trial. “I was against cameras in the courtroom and I made it official and objected to it because of the sensitive nature of it, but it turned it into a zoo,” she said.