During the first week of June, the defamation trial involving Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard finally concluded with Depp winning the case. The jury awarded the 58-year-old actor a total compensation of $10.35 million while Amber Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages on a counterclaim by Depp’s lawyer.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Johnny Depp’s lawyers Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez hinted that the actor might waive his claim for damages.
Lawyers Of Johnny Depp Hinted At A Multi-Million Dollar Twist
During the interview, The host, George Stephanopoulos, asked if the veteran actor would settle to an agreement with Heard not to appeal the case and waives his claim for damages awarded to him.
To this, Depp’s lawyer, Mr. Benjamin shared that the actor only wanted his reputation to be resurrected which was jeopardized resulting in damaging his career all because of Heard’s allegations.
“We obviously cannot disclose attorney-client communication but as Mr. Depp testified and as we both made clear in our respective closings.” He added, “It was never about money. This was about restoring his reputation, and he had done that.”
Meanwhile, Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft shared that her client couldn’t afford to pay that amount to Johnny Depp.
Did Social Media Affect The Verdict Of The Defamation Lawsuit?
According to what Depp’s lawyers shared, social media played no role in the verdict and the decision was made solely by the jury based on the evidence presented on both sides. That being said, Vasquez mentioned that the decision was “overwhelmingly in Mr. Depp’s favor.”
She shared the details about her modus-operandi and said, “Something I focused on, something we focused on was using her words against her. And it was very important to us that every question that was asked was tied to something she had said previously.”
To brief the defamation trial, Amber Heard had written an op-ed in 2018, in which she claimed herself to be a victim of domestic violence. Though the article did not mention Johnny Depp by his name, Depp claimed that it hurt his reputation and damaged his career. He sued Heard for defamation and won the lawsuit with $10.35 million compensation for the damage.