How is Amber Heard going to pay her damages as actress LOSES defamation case against Johnny Depp


Amber Heard has been ordered to pay her ex-husband Johnny Depp more than $10million after losing her defamation case against the actor on Wednesday.

But how exactly will Heard pay her damages? 

The Aquaman star’s financial situation is not known, although she earned millions for her work on television and in the Aquaman films.

Testimony at the trial has raised questions about whether Heard’s pockets are deep enough to fork out such a large sum.

There is speculation about Heard’s ability to immediately cover the damages, which includes $10million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.

The latter amount was reduced from $5million due to Virginia’s cap on such awards. 

Amber Heard has been ordered to pay her ex-husband Johnny Depp more than $10million after losing her defamation case against the actor on Wednesday

During the trial, Heard admitted she was unable to donate $7million to charity after her divorce from Depp in 2017, because her ex-husband had filed a $50million lawsuit against her.

‘I still fully intend on honoring all of my pledges,’ Heard said regarding the money she had pledged to donate to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

‘I would love him to stop suing me so I can.’ 

During the trial testimony suggested that her career had come to a halt because of her legal battle with Depp. 

Heard has been awarded $2million in damages in her countersuit against Depp. 

She will likely have to post bond for the full $10.35million judgment, plus interest, if she decides to appeal Wednesday’s ruling.

If she can’t fulfill her obligation to pay, the court may choose to garnish part of her wages, if it is found Heard has the requisite earning potential.

During the trial for her defamation case with her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, Heard confirmed that she was paid $1 million for Aquaman and $2 million for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, with bonuses based on the movies’ performances at the box office.

‘For an individual who doesn’t have the ability to pay the judgment and no ability to post the bond, then there is a real issue if the winning party intends to execute the judgment,’ lawyer Sandra Spurgeon told CBS MoneyWatch. 

There is speculation about Heard's ability to immediately cover the damages she owes Depp which includes $10million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages

There is speculation about Heard’s ability to immediately cover the damages she owes Depp which includes $10million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages

If Heard decides not to appeal, she may end up with any current and future wages being garnished.

Heard could also file for bankruptcy with would likely wipe away the $10 million in compensatory damages but she might still have to pay $350,000 in punitive damages.

Depp holds the key and could decide the waive any monetary compensation, however so far he has not indicated whether he intends to pursue the monetary judgment against her.

‘The goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome

‘I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that,’ Depp wrote in a statement posted to Instagram.

Heard will next appear in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the sequel to Aquaman, which is slated for release in 2023.

It comes after Heard called the ruling a ‘setback for women’ and a loss for freedom of speech.

In a statement following the verdict on Wednesday, she expressed disappointment at a number of consequences from the jury’s ruling. 

‘The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband,’ Heard said.

She added that the verdict was ‘a setback’ for women ‘to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated’.

Heard then blamed star attorney Camille Vasquez and Depp’s other legal experts.

‘I believe Johnny’s attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK,’ she said, referencing her previous legal victory over Depp in Britain in 2020.

She ultimately considers the defeat, despite her own ruling for $2million in a countersuit, a loss for her freedom of speech. 

‘I’m sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly,’ she said.

Depp, meanwhile, thanked the ‘outpouring of love and the colossal support and kindness from around the world’ in his own statement, which he said ‘overwhelmed’ him.

‘I hope that my quest to have the truth be told will have helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those supporting them never give up. I also hope that the position will now return to innocent until proven guilty, both within the courts and in the media,’ he added.

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