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

Johnny Depp’s legal team denies ‘victory lap’ after libel lawsuit win

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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Emma Thompson says Depp v Heard lawsuit won’t derail MeToo movement

Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson opened up on her views on the Depp v Heard case during a recent appearance on BBC Radio 4 woman’s hourresponding to concerns expressed by some that Depp’s victory could lead women to remain silent about allegations of abuse.

Thompson urged listeners to note that the case was not “representative” of MeToo.

When asked if the lawsuit marked the end of the MeToo movement, Thompson replied, “One of the very hard things to do is judge an issue like MeToo, when it comes to very, very, very hard people. very famous. It’s a whole other thing.

“So really one of the big issues with this case is fame…and how famous people are treated differently and seen differently.”

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Megan SheetsJune 10, 2022 3:00 p.m.

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What are Amber Heard’s options for appealing Johnny Depp’s verdict

Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, said her client would appeal the verdict, which overwhelmingly favored Depp.

The Independent‘s Clémence Michallon spoke to three lawyers about potential avenues for Heard.

Megan SheetsJune 10, 2022 2:00 p.m.

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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.

Megan SheetsJune 10, 2022 1:00 p.m.

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‘It’s so hard to talk when no one wants to hear’: Johnny Depp drops new song about the pitfalls of fame

Johnny Depp has released a new song about the pitfalls of fame.

The track, which is titled “This is a Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr”, is performed with Jeff Beck and taken from the duo’s upcoming joint album, 18which will be released on July 15.

Ostensibly singing about 1940s movie star Lamarr, the lyrics of the first verse read: “Erased by the same world that made her a star… The light of her being, her exotic allure / Was torn for daring to dream / It’s so hard to speak when you’re frozen in a scream… It sounds like a dream, but that’s life and that’s death.

In the chorus, Depp sings, “I don’t believe, I can’t believe, I won’t believe humans anymore.” At another point, he laments, “It’s so hard to speak when no one wants to hear, and everyone stares at you as you shake in fear.”

Depp and Beck have played across the UK in recent weeks, with Depp missing the final day of his libel trial against ex-wife Amber Heard for a gig.

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Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard’s Unlikely Cult Celebrities

Fans of the estranged couple have exhaustively documented every move and mannerism of plaintiff and defendant in court, their lawyers’ arguments, the judge’s interventions and a slew of colorful testimonials on TikTok, Instagram and Twitter, cutting out what would have could have amounted to dry court proceedings. in a spectator sport.

All of this has raised disapproving eyebrows in some quarters, with concerns expressed that the real issue at the heart of the matter, domestic violencegot lost in what became a tacky viral soap opera.

While those reviews are more than valid, there’s no doubt that the trial provided an extraordinary spectacle and an unforgettable cast of supporting characters who found themselves unlikely cult celebrities.

Megan SheetsJune 10, 2022 12:00

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Billie Eilish references Johnny Depp lawsuit against Amber Heard in unreleased song

Billie Eilish referenced the Depp v Heard in an unreleased song she performed for fans during her UK tour.

The 20-year-old pop star is currently in the UK on her world tour for her second album happier than ever.

Performing at Manchester’s AO Arena on Tuesday (June 7), Eilish dropped a new song called “TV”.

The track – which is yet to be released – is a slow, melancholic number with lyrics that reference the highly publicized Depp v Heard trial which ended last week.

“The internet has gone crazy watching movie stars on trial as they overthrow Roe v Wade,” Eilish sang as she sat on a stool across from her brother and collaborator Finneas who played acoustic guitar .

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Johnny Depp’s lawyer reveals why he punched Kate Moss mention in court

Johnny Depp’s lawyer Ben Chew has revealed why he pulled a little punch when Amber Heard’s lawyer mentioned Kate Moss in court during the defamation trial.

When Ms Heard’s team asked for Moss’ testimony, Mr Depp’s lawyers appeared to celebrate the moment via a hand pump.

In a recent interview with Law and Crime NetworkMr Chew said: ‘There was one instance where Ms Heard actually admitted to hitting Johnny, and that’s what we call the ‘staircase incident’.

Peony HirwaniJune 10, 2022 10:00

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Depp hired a lawyer as a consultant for her lawsuit after seeing her in Making a Murderer

A lawyer says Johnny Depp hired her as legal counsel for his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard after seeing it in the series make a murderer.

Ms Zellner said Mr Depp called her and left a voicemail in her office in late December. She said Mr. Depp told her he saw her in make a murderer saying she “would be the last person anyone would hire if they were guilty, because you would find out”.

“I was struck that this was what motivated him to contact me,” Ms Zellner added.

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Megan SheetsJune 10, 2022 09:00

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Johnny Depp’s Lawyer Camille Vasquez Shuts Down Dating Rumors With Actor

Johnny Depp’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez, has once again denied rumors that she was dating her client.

Depp supporters created memes depicting Vasquez as Marvel’s Thor, and even posted TikToks to romantic music of the couple holding hands and talking tightly.

In a recent interview with PeopleVasquez responded to fan and tabloid speculation as to whether she was romantically involved with the Pirates of the Caribbean star.

“I guess that comes with the territory of being a woman just doing her job,” she said.

“It’s disappointing that some outlets kind of ran with it or said that my interactions with Johnny – who’s a friend and who I’ve known and represented for four and a half years now – that my interactions were in any way either inappropriate or unprofessional. It’s disappointing to hear.

Peony HirwaniJune 10, 2022 08:00

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Camille Vasquez promoted to partner after the success of her trial

Camille Vasquez was elevated to the rank of partner in her firm Brown Rudnick following the key role she played as a member of Johnny Deppthe legal team in the defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard.

Ms. Vasquez has become one of several unexpected celebrities at trial through his rigorous cross-examination of witnesses and his frequent objections to defense counsel’s questions.

Megan SheetsJune 10, 2022 07:00