Officially, Amber Heard must reimburse Johnny Depp $10 million for harming his reputation



Amber Heard was found by a jury to have defamed Johnny Depp by portraying herself as a victim of domestic abuse in an op-ed piece. On Friday, June 24, the judge in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial made the jury’s verdict official by issuing a written order directing Heard to pay Depp $10.35 million.

Judge Penny Azcarate placed a judgement order into the court file following a brief hearing in Fairfax County Circuit Court. She also mandated that Depp pay Heard the $2 million judgement award on her counterclaim that one of Depp’s attorneys had slandered Heard.

The order was merely a formality following the jury’s, June 1, verdict which is mostly sided with Depp following a sensational trial that was shown on television and avidly followed on social media, the couple disclosed graphic details of their brief marraige.

Depp sued Heard over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” The jury found in Depp’s favor on all three of his claims relating to specific statements in the 2018 piece.

The court cut the punitive damages award to $350,000 due to a state cap even though the jury determined Depp should receive $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

Heard has stated that she intends to contest the judgement.

The court stated during the hearing on Friday that if Heard appeals, she will need to post a bond covering the entire $10.35 million awards while the appeal is underway.

Both awards are entitled to 6% interest annually, acording to the judge’s order.

In addition, she would have to pay $480,000 more in interest.

The post claims that the judge rejected all of Heard’s suggested revisions and instead entered Depp’s version of the verdict on paper.

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