Latest Johnny Depp: Actor could let Amber Heard escape $8 million in damages if she drops appeal, lawyers suggest

Depp verdict: Actor wins libel case as Heard grants counterclaim

Johnny Depp emerged victorious in his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard after three days of jury deliberations, which also earned Heard a partial victory in his countersuit.

Depp sued Heard for $50 million for suggesting he abused her in 2018Washington Post editorial. Although she did not name him, he says her allegations have impacted his ability to work. She sued for a $100 million counterclaim.

The jury determined that Heard defamed Depp on all three counts and awarded him $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages.

The “humiliated” actor thanked the jury for giving him back his life. He is currently playing gigs on a UK tour with Jeff Beck. His lawyers gave their first interviews on Wednesday in which, when asked about the possibility of reversing the damages, they said the case was never about money.

In a statement, Heard expressed her “disappointment beyond words” and said she was heartbroken, saying the verdict was a “setback” for women. She has decided to appeal the verdict and is “unable to pay” the damages. Celebrities who have spoken out in his defense have been bombarded with negative comments by Depp fans.

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Voice: Amber Heard asked none of this – but the verdict will change her life

There’s a fair argument to be made that no matter what direction the jury took in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard libel case, Heard — and domestic violence survivors in general — had already lost. Certainly, the weeks upon weeks of social media abuse, humiliation and re-lived trauma Heard endured throughout this very public trial would be enough on their own to have a chilling effect on would-be domestic violence survivors. . But the verdict still matters. And that’s especially important because Heard never asked for any of this: Let’s not forget, Depp sued her.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 2:30 p.m.

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Why didn’t the jury believe Heard?

Ms Guthrie asks why the jury did not believe Ms Heard’s claims about Mr Depp and the abuse.

Lawyer Ben Chew says it came down to ‘responsibility’, in that Mr Depp took responsibility for his drug and alcohol abuse and texting, where the jury may have perceived that Ms. Heard took no responsibility for anything.

As for the larger message beyond the case, Camille Vasquez says she doesn’t see any and they encourage all victims to come forward and spend their day in court “which is exactly what happened in this case”.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 2:12 p.m.

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Depp lawyers say ‘categorically untrue’ there was a paid social media campaign for the actor

On TodaySavannah Guthrie asks if there was an orchestrated social media campaign in favor of Johnny Depp paid for by the actor’s team.

They say the claim is “absolutely absurd” and “categorically false”.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 2:05 p.m.

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Social media ‘played no role’ in jury verdict in Amber Heard’s trial, lawyer says

Ben Chew, who represented the pirate actor at the trial in Fairfax, Virginia, dismissed claims by Ms Heard’s legal team that the social media circus surrounding the case may have influenced the outcome.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 2:00 p.m.

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Depp’s legal team denies ‘victory lap’ after historic win over Amber Heard

Johnny Depp’s legal team has denied the accusation from a spokesperson for Amber Heard who said lawyers were taking a ‘victory lap’ by making TV appearances after their client won a case successful defamation.

Lawyers Camille Vasquez and Ben Chew were grilled by hello america host George Stephanopoulos Wednesday morning in one of their first TV interviews since their client emerged victorious in his libel suit against his ex-wife.

Johanna Chisholm reports:

Olivier O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 1:51 p.m.

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Depp’s lawyers say the evidence submitted in the US trial exceeded that of the UK trial

Ms Guthrie asks their opinion on why the UK judgment against Mr Depp in his libel case against The sun was not included in the US trial. This case revealed that the newspaper’s claims that he was a “wife beater” were essentially true.

Ms Vasquez responds: ‘It was a different process, and also in this case Mr Depp and Ms Heard were parties with different disclosure obligations.’

“The overwhelming evidence that was presented in this case in Virginia far exceeded what was presented in the UK, and we believe the jury got it right.”

Olivier O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 1:46 p.m.

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Lawyers say case is ‘overwhelmingly positive’ for Depp despite his own libel ruling

In a second interview on NBC Today show, Savannah Guthrie asked Johnny Depp’s attorneys how they reconcile the libel ruling against their client with the rest of the verdict.

Ms Vasquez replied that the verdict was “overwhelmingly positive” in favor of Mr Depp.

Asked about claims by Amber Heard’s lawyer that the evidence was not allowed to be seen by the jury that would have verified Ms Heard’s allegations against Mr Depp, Mr Chew replied that he was ” very disappointing to hear that” and that he felt the judge was very fair on both sides.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 1:39 p.m.

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Depp could drop claim for damages against Heard if she stops appeal, lawyers suggest

Host George Stephanopoulos asked if Mr Depp would waive the $8.35 million in damages if Ms Heard dropped her appeal. Lawyer Ben Chew said the case was never about money for Mr Depp, but he could not reveal much more because of solicitor-client privilege.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 1:26 p.m.

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Lawyers for Depp Ben Chew and Camille Vasquez appear on Good Morning America

Johnny Depp’s lawyers Ben Chew and Camille Vasquez gave their first interview this morning on ABC hello america.

Speaking to George Stephanopoulos, Ms Vasquez says she believes the key to winning the case was to focus on facts and evidence.

She adds that Mr. Depp “spoke the truth and connected with the jury and the public”.

Mr Chew says Mr Depp was ‘over the moon’ when he heard about the verdict.

“It was as if the weight of the world had been lifted off his shoulders,” he says.

Ms Vasquez denies the verdict is not a setback for women as claimed by Amber Heard’s team. She thinks it’s important for any victim to come forward, adding, “Abuse has no gender.”

When asked if Mr. Depp would waive the monetary judgment if Ms. Heard dropped her appeal, Mr. Chew replied that it had never been about the money for Mr. Depp, but he cannot comment on that. more due to solicitor-client privilege.

Asked about the fame they gained from the lawsuit on social media, Ms Vasquez says she hopes it can encourage women to go to law school and work hard.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 1:10 p.m.

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Johnny Depp launches TikTok account amid comeback campaign

Johnny Depp is now on TikTok.

So far, Depp has amassed over 800,000 followers on the verified TikTok account @JohnnyDepp.

Despite the large number of followers, the Pirates of the Caribbean The star has yet to post her first TikTok video.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 1:00 p.m.

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