When Johnny Depp launched a defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard, the drama took a huge turn. He stated that she not only made false statements in court but that she was the one who was aggressive towards him. Let’s see what happens if Heard loses in court:
How the courtroom mania began:
The two actors got hitched in February 2015 after meeting while shooting for The Rum Diary in 2011. In May 2016, Amber Heard called it quits. She claimed that Johnny Depp had assaulted her mentally and physically. Their first court case led to a restraining order against Johnny Depp, but that’s also when the hazy lines started. Amber Heard’s stylist supported Johnny’s assertion that Amber faked her black eye shown at the court. She stated, “Throughout the day of December 16, 2015, I could see clearly that she did not have any visible marks, bruises, cuts, or injuries to her face or any other part of her body”. Since then, Johnny Depp has used libel and defamation litigation to combat any negative comments about him.
Could Amber Heard face jail time?
California Penal Code Section 141 PC establishes that it is illegal to alter, modify, plant, place, conceal, manufacture or move any physical matter with the intention of causing someone to be charged with a crime. Other laws that would apply include Offering false evidence under California Penal Code 132 PC and Preparing false evidence under California Penal Code Section 134 PC. As a result, if the court rules in favor of Johnny Depp, Amber Heard may face up to three years in prison for evidence and witness tampering.
Other punishments Amber Heard could face:
A Virginia jury will assess if Johnny Depp and Amber Heard would be held accountable for millions of dollars in penalties in their competing defamation claims. “The jury is going to determine damages for both the claim and the counterclaim,” sources close to Heard’s legal team told The Post. “If the jury finds Amber was liable for Mr. Depp it would determine damages, if it found that Mr. Depp was liable for Amber’s counterclaims it makes a determination of damages”.
The trial has been put on hold for a week. The jury might begin deciding the fate of the divorced couple as early as May 27 following closing statements. According to a source close to Heard’s legal team, the jury might be unconvinced by either side. Then, they may decide that neither Depp nor Heard should be granted damages.