January 27th, 2023 12:47 pm
Amber Heard will pay Johnny Depp $1 million to settle their long-running legal battle, in which each accused the other of domestic violence.
The sum is a significant reduction from the $8.35 million she was ordered to pay after a six-week trial in Virginia earlier this year. The payment is expected to come from her insurance carrier.
In a statement, Depp’s attorneys said that he would donate the money to charity. His attorneys have previously said that the case was “never about the money” for Depp. In her own statement, Heard said she had “lost faith in the American legal system.” She also said that the settlement spares her the ordeal of further litigation and allows her to finally “emancipate” herself from their marriage.
Depp originally filed a $50 million defamation claim against Heard in March 2019 after she published an op-ed in the Washington Post in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
At the trial in Fairfax, Va., each actor testified for several days, revealing lurid details of drug abuse and screaming matches. Their testimony was streamed live on YouTube and remixed endlessly on TikTok and Facebook. Heard alleged that Depp repeatedly assaulted her, choked her and once raped her with a liquor bottle. She often broke down in sobs during her testimony.
Depp, meanwhile, alleged that Heard was the aggressor in the relationship, and that he would try to retreat whenever she became violent. The couple had made audio recordings of their arguments during their marriage, and each side played clips they had selected to try to corroborate their accounts.
The seven-person jury ruled in Depp’s favor on three separate claims of defamation, awarding him $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. The latter sum was knocked down to $350,000 to comply with a statutory cap.
In a small consolation to Heard, the jury also found in her favor on one of her three counterclaims, finding Depp liable for a statement made by his attorney in which Heard was accused of perpetrating a “hoax.” Depp was ordered to pay Heard $2 million, leaving a net judgment of $8.35 million in Depp’s favor.
The following month, Heard filed a notice of appeal, with her attorney citing “errors” made by the court. However, the “Aquaman” actor has now agreed to withdraw her appeal.
In a statement posted on Instagram announcing the decision, Heard made clear that “There are no restrictions or gags with respect to my voice moving forward” and blasted the U.S. legal system for turning her testimony into “entertainment and social media fodder.”
She also compared her experience of the U.S. legal system to the U.K., where Depp sued British tabloid The Sun in 2020 for calling him a “wife beater” in an article. Heard was a chief witness for The Sun. In that case, the judge called the allegations “substantially true” and found in favor of The Sun.
In a statement, representatives for Depp said they were pleased with the outcome, and emphasized that the jury’s verdicts still stands.
“We are pleased to formally close the door on this painful chapter for Mr. Depp, who made clear throughout this process that his priority was about bringing the truth to light,” said Depp’s attorneys Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez. “The jury’s unanimous decision and the resulting judgement in Mr. Depp’s favor against Ms. Heard remain fully in place. The payment of $1 million – which Mr. Depp is pledging and will (actually) donate to charities – reinforces Ms. Heard’s acknowledgement of the conclusion of the legal system’s rigorous pursuit for justice.”
Heard first leveled her abuse allegations against Depp in 2016, in the course of her divorce from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star. She later received $7 million in a settlement and the couple agreed not to speak of the matter again, signing non-disparagement and non-disclosure agreements.
Read Heard’s full statement below:
“After a great deal of deliberation I have made a very difficult decision to settle the defamation case brought against me by my ex-husband in Virginia.
It’s important for me to say that I never chose this. I defended my truth and in doing so my life as I knew it was destroyed. The vilification I have faced on social media is an amplified version of the ways in which women are re-victimized when they come forward. Now I finally have an opportunity to emancipate myself from something I attempted to leave over six years ago and on terms I can agree to. I have made no admission, this is not an act of concession. There are no restrictions or gags with respect to my voice moving forward.
I make this decision having lost faith in the American legal system, where my unprotected testimony served as entertainment and social media fodder.
When I took before a judge in the U.K., I was vindicated by a robust, impartial and fair system, where I was protected from having to give the worst moments of my testimony in front of the worlds media, and where the court found that I was subjected to domestic and sexual violence. In the U.S., however, I exhausted almost all my resources in advance of and during a trial in which I was subject to a courtroom in which abundant, direct evidence that corroborated my testimony was excluded and in which popularity and power mattered more than reason and due process. In the interim I was exposed to a type of humiliation that I simply cannot re-live. Even if my U.S. appeal is successful, the best outcome would be a re-trial where a new jury would have to consider the evidence age. I simply cannot go through that for a third time.
Time is precious, and I want to spend my time productively and purposefully. For too many years I have been caged in an arduous and expensive legal process, which has shown itself unable to protect me and my right to free speech. I cannot afford to risk an impossible bill – one that is not just financial but also psychological, physical and emotional. Women shouldn’t have to face abuse or bankruptcy for speaking her truth, but unfortunately it is not uncommon.
In settling this case I’m also choosing the freedom to dedicate my time to the work that helped me heal after my divorce; work that exists in realms in which I feel seen, heard and believed and in which I know I can effect change.
I will not be threatened, disheartened, or dissuaded by what happened from speaking the truth. No one can and no one will take that from me. My voice forever remains the most valuable asset I have.
I’d like to thank my outstanding appellate and original trial teams for their relentless hard work. I want to thank everyone who has supported me and I turn my attention to the growing support that I felt and seen publicly in the months since trial, and the efforts have been made to show solidarity with my story. Any survivor knows that the ability to tell their story often feels like the only relief. I cannot find enough words to tell you the hope your belief in me inspires. Not just for me, but for all of you.
Thank you. See you soon.”
November 25th, 2022 3:04 am
Amber Heard has become the most searched celebrity in 2022, leaving Johnny Depp behind.
According to the Hollywood news website CelebTattler, the 36-year-old actor has topped the list with an average of 5.6 million searches per month in the US.
Johnny, on the other hand, ranked second on the list with 5.5 million monthly searches.
CelebTattler told The NY Post in a statement, “This year has certainly not been lacking when it comes to celebrity news stories, whether it be Elon Musk taking over Twitter or the ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ behind the scenes drama.”
Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian, Elon Musk, Tom Brady, Pete Davidson, and the late Queen Elizabeth II were also on the list.
The late monarch got 4.3 million Google queries every month for the entire year.
November 5th, 2022 6:06 am
Ever since Aquaman star Amber Heard lost the gruelling defamation lawsuit, the actor has been going through a crisis. Following the consequences of the legal battle where the actor is liable to pay $10.35 million to her ex-husband Johnny Depp, the actor seems to have cut down her life on social media.
The actor who has been living a low-key life in Spain ended up deleting her Twitter account owing to all the negativity. Heard along with her daughter Oonagh Paige has been living in a small town in Mallorca after the lawsuit ended. Koimoi cited a verified Twitter user that goes by the name That Umbrella Guy who brought to notice last night that Amber Heard has deleted her Twitter account.
Amber Heard deletes Twitter account
The recent move made by the 36-year-old star comes straight after billionaire Elon Musk acquired Twitter in a whopping USD 44 billion deal on October 27. Ever since the news about the actor’s exit from the micro-blogging site went viral, fans have been flooding the social media site with their own theories.
While some speculated that Herad removed her account following all the negativity she received post losing the defamation battle against her ex-husband Depp, some others claimed that Musk must have deleted her account. For those unaware, Amber Heard made the headlines in 2016 when she started dating Elon Musk. At the time, Heard and Musk kept their romance low-key after being spotted spending time together. After going public with their relationship in 2017, the pair briefly parted ways before giving things another shot.
One of the Twitter users commented, “Apparently #AmberHeard can’t afford the check mark anymore. Probably why she left.” Another user echoed similar sentiments and wrote, “You lying Elon, #AmberHeard pay what she lost!” A third user chimed in and wrote, “Mr. Musk taking over Twitter has one benefit…. the queen of delusion and toxicity #AmberHeard is leaving #Twitter.”
May 8th, 2022 8:08 pm
Meanwhile, previously, post losing the lawsuit, Heard filed an appellate brief with the court and has listed 16 grounds for appeal following the Johnny Depp case. As per Vanity Fair, the new court filing mentions the lack of “clear and convincing evidence” for actual malice as the grounds for appeal.
Amber Heard and Spain’s Eduardo Noriega (“Vantage Point”) will star in 19th century-set supernatural thriller “In the Fire.”
The film, which will shoot in Italy, is directed by Conor Allyn (“No Man’s Land”).
Principal photography is set to start Feb. 21 in Italy’s Apulia region. The pic is being produced by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Entertainment company ILBE, Paradox Studios and Angel Oak Films.
Angel Oak Films is also selling “In the Fire” which it says is sparking interest at the EFM.
“In the Fire,” which is penned by Allyn, Pascal Borno and Silvio Muraglia, takes place on a farm in Colombia in the 1890s. A couple with a young autistic son have to face both the villagers and the local priest who worry the boy is possessed by demonic forces and is the reason for all the village’s woes.
After the death of his wife, Don Marquez (Noriega) brings in Grace Victoria Burnham, an American psychiatrist (Heard) to find out what is ailing the boy, played by Lorenzo McGovern Zaini (“American Night”). Heard’s character accurately diagnoses and heals him while facing up to the villagers.
Said Iervolino: “We are excited to bring this amazing story to life with Conor, and the dynamic trio of Amber, Eduardo and Lorenzo, who gel so beautifully. And we’re always proud to bring another high quality film project to Italy.”