Amber Heard needs mega payment to appeal Johnny Depp decision: judge
As the judge in the defamation trial between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp finalized the verdict in the case on Friday, it became clear that Amber Heard could have to pay a large sum of money if she appeals.
After the week-long high-profile trial, in which Depp sued his ex-wife, Heard, for $50 million for defamation over an op-ed she wrote in 2018, the seven-person civil jury returned a verdict on June 1 largely in favor of Depp, awarding him $15 million in damages—$10 million in compensatory damages and the other $5 million in punitive damages. Judge Penney Azcarate then lowered the punitive award to $350,000 per Virginia legal maximum. In total, after calculating the $2 million awarded to Heard for his nuisance countersuit, Depp’s award came to $8.35 million, which Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, said. publicly declared Aquaman the actress does not have the means.
On top of that, the initial cost of an appeal to Heard would be equal to that judgment, plus interest, plus any other costs.
Representatives for Heard have confirmed that she plans to appeal the verdict. A Heard spokesperson said Newsweek“As stated in yesterday’s congressional hearings, you don’t ask for a pardon if you’re innocent. And you don’t refuse to appeal if you know you’re right.”
However, appealing could cost him even more money initially, it seems. Azcarate, in its formal order Friday, said the amount owed by each party was subject to an annual interest rate of 6% under Virginia law.
Attorney Jeff Lewis, founder of Jeff Lewis Law, said Newsweek that to appeal, “she must post bond equal to the net judgment (after offsetting Amber’s victory) of $8.3 million, plus interest for one year at 6%.”
And even then, the bond isn’t the only price on the table. Lewis also said it could be up to the surety, the insurance company posting the bond, who could demand that Amber pay more as collateral.
“So there are two questions here, what premium should Amber pay the surety to get bail. And second, what collateral does Amber have to convince a surety to post the bond,” Lewis said.
A settlement between the two actors, whose tumultuous and often toxic relationship ended in divorce in 2016, will only come after the appeal now, experts say.
Heard stood by her assertions made during her testimony on the witness stand after the trial, even though Depp’s attorneys have suggested that the Pirates of the Caribbean The actor could waive the amount owed by Heard if she drops the appeal.
Attorney Benjamin Chew spoke with hello america George Stephanopoulos, who asked: ‘Is it possible we can see a settlement in which she waives the appeal in exchange for Mr. Depp waiving any monetary damages?’
“We obviously cannot disclose attorney-client communications,” Chew replied. “But, as Mr. Depp testified and as we both made clear in our respective submissions, it was never about the money for Mr. Depp. It was about restoring his reputation, and he did.”