Posted 46 days ago
Amber Heard is officially on the hook for $10.35 million after Johnny Depp won his defamation suit against her. She will have to post a bond for that sum, plus interest, if she wants to appeal, according to a written order filed Friday.
After a six-week trial in Fairfax, Virginia, a jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, finding that Heard had defamed him by referring to herself as a domestic abuse victim in a Washington Post op-ed.
The punitive damages were reduced to $350,000 in accordance with Virginia law, bringing the grand total to $10.35 million.
In Heard’s counterclaim, the jury awarded her $2 million in compensatory damages, finding that Depp had defamed her through statements made by his attorney, Adam Waldman, to the press.
During a brief hearing Friday, Judge Penney Azcarate entered a two-page ruling that states that both judgments are subject to 6% interest per year. Lawyers for the feuding exes were present. Depp and Heard were not.
The judge said that if Heard wants to appeal, she must post a bond for the full judgment of $10.35 million, plus 6% interest per year, according to a source close to Depp's team. ... (Read more)