What will Happen to Depp and Heard After the Verdict?
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Updated: Jury sides with Johnny Depp in libel lawsuit, Amber Heard on counterclaim. Jury members found Depp should be awarded $15 million in damages, while Heard should receive $2 million.
A jury on Wednesday ruled in favor of Johnny Depp in his libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, vindicating his stance that Heard fabricated claims that she was abused by Depp before and during their brief marriage.
The jury also found in favor of Heard, who said she was defamed by Depp's lawyer when he called her abuse allegations a hoax.
Jury members found Depp should be awarded $10.35 million in damages, while Heard should receive $2 million.
The verdicts bring an end to a televised trial that Depp had hoped would help restore his reputation, though it turned into a spectacle of a vicious marriage. body. Throughout the trial, fans - overwhelmingly on Depp's side - lined up overnight for coveted courtroom seats. Spectators who couldn't get in gathered on the street to cheer Depp and jeer Heard whenever either appeared outside.
"I'm heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband," Heard said in a statement. "I'm even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women ... I'm sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American -- to speak freely and openly."
"The jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled," Depp said in a statement posted to Instagram.
Depp sued Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as "a public figure representing domestic abuse." His lawyers said he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned his name.
The Depp Vs Heard trial is coming to an end after six weeks of depositions and revelations of personal details regarding their relationship, There are a lot of possible outcomes of the Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard fighting and the final verdict (May 31). The jurors in the civil case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard resume their deliberations on Tuesday.
Their decision will mark a close to Depp and Heard’s doomed relationship, which the public has been following for more than a decade.
The couple met in 2009 while filming the big-screen adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s “The Rum Diary,” in which Depp plays a journalist who takes a job in Puerto Rico and falls in love with Heard’s character.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: No one wins here!
The fate of their respective careers will be decided in the court of public opinion, according to Hollywood insiders. Both are highly dysfunctional. Money is toxic and greed destroys. No one wins here.
Whether fair or unfair, the wave of support Depp has received on social media during the trial may serve him well going forward.
As for Heard, whose career was less established than Depp's when their relationship and troubling accusations began, that's harder to say.
What happens if Johnny Depp loses
In suing Heard, Depp is demanding a payment of $50 million for loss of earnings, due to an article his ex-wife authored in The Washington Post in 2018. She described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse” and Depp’s legal team claim that the actor has lost a significant amount of income due to the insinuation that he was the abuser.
If the jury dismisses his civil claim then he will not receive the lucrative payday and Heard will not be ordered to pay his, presumably fairly costly, legal fees.
It is also possible that the jury could find that Depp is entitled to some money for loss of income, but that the figure of $50 million is excessive. In this instance, he could be awarded a smaller sum.
Even if he loses in the civil court case in Fairfax, Virginia, Depp could still choose to lodge an appeal against the decision. However it is difficult to see how this could be effective unless any significant new evidence or testimony emerges post-trial.
More likely is that Heard will sue Depp for taking the matter for court. In fact Heard has already lodged a $100 million counter suit against her ex-husband alleging that he defamed her in the course of his suit. Depp’s legal team described the claims as “fake” and a “sexual violence hoax”.
As is the case with Depp’s lawsuit, the jury in that counter-claim could also decide that the figure of $100 million is not justified and award Heard a smaller, or even larger, amount of compensation.
Depp comes out on top
Depp comes out victorious and is acquitted of being violent and gets warded up to $50 million, the amount for which Depp is suing his ex-wife.
What happens if Heard can't pay?
"Well, then you get into all kinds of trouble, negotiations about how it will be paid during the course of time, people file for bankruptcy. There aren't many people who have that kind of money," David Banks a specialist comments
Ruling in favor of Heard
If the jury rules in favor of Amber Heard and is proven that in fact, Johnny Depp is guilty of domestic violence they could award her up to $100 million in damages, which is the exact amount she is countersuing his ex-husband.
Victory but no damages
There could be a third option in the mist: they could rule in favor of either of them, but decide to cancel monetary reparations for the trial.
What could happen if they do not reach a collective decision?
The seven jurors must reach a unanimous decision, in case they are unable to do it, the whole thing could be ruled as a mistrial, and it's up to both parties to agree and look for a new trial.
Like with any civil case there is the opportunity of an appeal, pundit David Banks believes that is a high possibility "I suspect there will be an appeal, there is a lot at stake, the reputations and careers of two great movie stars," he mentioned.
Speaking specifically of the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, he said, "This is very damaging to the reputation and their marketability. So I would be surprised if the jury rules against him that he would leave it at that."
Can Johnny Depp still work for Disney?
Even though he is confirmed to be out of the Pirates franchise, we are all wondering if there's still chance for him to get on more Disney projects. It all depends on how much pain the company casused to him. At a certain point, Johnny Depp fell in love so hard with the Jack Sparrow character that he started using the costume for charitable purposes.
There are even videos in which he was in charcter as one more of the residents at Disneyland. Depp loved Jack Sparrow and they took him away from him. Getting to convince him to make a return will be almost impossible.
Will Amber Heard be replaced in Aquaman 2?
The defamation trial between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard, where both mutually blamed the other for causing the loss of work in Hollywood, has wrapped up. The witness testimony over the course of the proceedings painted a less than pretty picture of either actor which could result in hurdles for future employment in Hollywood productions.
Despite a pressure campaign by Depp fans to have Heard cut from the film, she will still play Mera in the upcoming sequel to Aquaman, set for release in March 2023. During testimony at the defamation trial, Walter Hamada, President of DC-based film production, confirmed that the actress was still in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
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