Amber Heard’s Attorney Says Her Client Cannot Pay The Damages To Johnny Depp


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Amber Heard is reeling after the verdict in her trial with Johnny Depp where each sued the other for defamation.

Technically both actors won but Heard won on one statement that was made by Depp’s team, whereas Depp scored a victory on pretty much every allegation he had.

In the end, when all of the awards were read, Heard owed Depp $8.35 million and her attorney said that she cannot pay it, The Daily Mail reported.

Her attorney, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, said that she believes her client has “excellent grounds” for an appeal and they plan to do so when she spoke on the “Today” show on Thursday.

When she was asked if her client could pay the damages awarded to Depp she responded, “No, absolutely not.”

“It’s a horrible message. It’s a setback, a significant setback because that’s exactly what it means,” the attorney said of the verdict.


“Unless you pull out your phone and you video your spouse or your significant other beating you, effectively, you won’t be believed,” she said.

She said that she believed the jurors were swayed by what the perception of her client was on social media, even after the judge instructed them not to read anything about the case not in court.

“There’s no way they couldn’t have been influenced. It was horrible. It was really, really lop-sided,” she said. “It’s like the Roman coliseum, how they viewed this whole case.”

“’We had an enormous amount of evidence suppressed in this case that was in the UK case,” she said in reference to a case Depp had against The Sun in which he was defeated. “In the UK case when it came in, Amber won, Mr. Depp lost.”

“A number of things were allowed in this court that should not have been allowed and it caused the jury to be confused,’ she said.

“One of the first things she said is, I am so sorry to all those women out there. This is a setback. For all women in and outside the courtroom. And she feels — she feels the burden of that,” the attorney said.


Heard said the same when she issued a press release after the verdict.

“I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It´s a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously,” she said.

It was the entertainment trial the world was watching and the verdict was what they were waiting for.

For a month and a half eyes were glued to the trial between actors and former spouses Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, and on Wednesday the jury of seven finally gave its decision


After a delay waiting for the jury to write in dollar amounts, the jury found Depp had proved Heard defamed Depp and acted with malice in a 2018 op-ed in which she accused him of abuse.

The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

The jury found Depp guilty of some defamation as well and awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages and $0 in punitive damages.

The judge reduced the punitive damages in Depp’s award to the limit of $350,000.



Depp was not present for the verdict but Heard was.

A source close to Depp had already confirmed he would not be present for the verdict.

“Due to previously scheduled work commitments made before the trial, Mr. Depp will not be physically present for today’s 3 p.m. verdict and will be watching from the United Kingdom,” the source said, speaking of Depp.

Before the verdict was read, a spokesperson for Heard said: “Your presence shows where your priorities are. Johnny Depp plays guitar in the UK while Amber Heard waits for a verdict in Virginia. Depp is taking his snickering and lack of seriousness on tour.”


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