Amber Heard’s surprising legal defeat by ex-husband Johnny Depp signals that the worst is yet to come for the Aquaman star.
A jury has ruled that Johnny Depp was slandered by his ex-wife Amber Heard after a five-week trial in Virginia.
Hurd, 36, is ordered to pay $15 million in damages to Depp, 58, in a Fairfax County court ruling today.
The win is a remarkable feat for the Oscar-nominated actor, who said he lost his roles in Pirates of the Caribbean as well as fantastic beasts after Hurd 2018 Washington Post an article revealing himself as a victim of domestic and sexual abuse.
Although Hurd did not name Depp in the article, he claimed that it defamed him and cost him lucrative deals. He also claimed that Hurd had abused him.
Now the jury agreed with him.
However, Heard won a small victory in her countersuit, proving that Depp slandered her through his former lawyer, Adam Waldman. She was awarded $2 million in damages and nothing at all as punitive damages.
This means she owes Depp $13 million.
What will happen to Amber Heard now that she’s lost?
Even before Depp won the trial, public opinion was especially cold towards Heard, who claimed she had never insulted Depp.
During the trial, audio cassettes were heard of the actress admitting to having “hit” her ex-husband, and it was also revealed that she did not donate her $7 million divorce to charity, despite twice publicly stating that she did.
These revelations, combined with her facial expressions and theatrics on the podium, did little to grab the audience’s attention.
As for her career, we already know her role in Aquaman 2 has been greatly reduced – some reports state that she only appears for 10 minutes.
The revelation came after a petition on change.org to remove her from the sequel altogether garnered more than five million signatures.
But Hurd said her career had already begun to suffer before the sentencing, saying Depp launched a “smear campaign” against her in the press, portraying her as a liar, which affected her options.
She stated that she most recently made one “small independent film” for which she was paid $92,000.
That’s a stark comparison to her $2.8 million. Aquaman pay a check.
“I shot the film in Guatemala. It’s a small independent resource, meaning it doesn’t have a distribution or anything,” Hurd said.
“This is a low-budget film that I have been attached to for many years. Into the fire“.
And now that she’s lost, Heard will no doubt struggle to find a major studio that’s willing to partner with her, given the negative attention surrounding the lawsuit.
What will happen to Johnny Depp after the victory?
It is interesting.
First, it is important to note that Depp lost a UK libel case last year against Sun newspaper, and the judge ruled that the publication was right, calling him a “wife beater”.
But his latest case in Fairfax County court, in which Depp sued Heard personally, has attracted significantly more media attention, and public sympathy for Depp has reached a level that we have not seen during the former couple’s many years of public life. feud (Heard first filed for a restraining order back in 2016).
Given Depp’s extreme support, it’s likely that he could actually resurrect his career.
Although he convinced jurors that his ex-wife had defamed him, the question of whether major studios would be willing to hire him is up in the air given the allegations Hurd made in court.
But money is everything, and Depp can prove that he is still solvent.
French luxury designer Christian Dior is one of the few brands to retain its partnership with Depp, leaving him as the face of their men’s fragrance Sauvage.
While the fashion house has not yet commented on the case, the company has reportedly seen an increase in sales as the lawsuit progressed.
The source said Mail on Sunday: “Sales are growing and Dior has no plans to leave. Many fans are going to buy a new cologne to show their support.”
And then there is public opinion, which is strongly inclined in favor of Depp.
The comment sections of media articles were filled with the viral hashtag #JusticeForJohnnyDepp, and TikTok recorded 15 billion views of the hashtag.
In comparison, the #IStandWithAmberHeard content has 8.2 million views.
It’s fair to assume that these diehard Depp fans will gladly put their money into the box office.
Depp has already managed to land an upcoming role in the French-made film. Jeanne Du Barry, in which he signed a contract for the role of King Louis XV.
Perhaps the biggest question among Depp fans is whether he will play his favorite role of Captain Jack Sparrow in the film. Pirates franchise.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer left the door slightly ajar, saying in early May, “Not now. The future is not yet decided.”