Amber Heard Fires Attorneys After Johnny Depp Trial Verdict, $10M Damages

A recent pair of eyes. Amber Heard fired her attorneys after her trial with Johnny Depp. The Aquaman star’s reps confirmed {that a} key participant in Heard’s authorized case is leaving whereas a brand new crew joins her.

In response to TMZ on August 15, 2022, David L. Axelrod and Jay Ward Brown will be a part of Ben Rottenborn as Heard’s counsel. The attorneys just lately and efficiently defended the New York Occasions towards a defamation go well with just lately introduced by Sarah Palin. Heard’s lead lawyer within the defamation case Elaine Bredehoft stepped down. In a press launch, the attorneys mentioned, “We’re assured the appellate court docket will apply the regulation correctly with out deference to recognition, reverse the judgment towards Ms. Heard and reaffirm the basic rules of Freedom of Speech.” A consultant of Heard mentioned, “In relation to defending the basic proper of Freedom of Speech, we take a look at the jury’s determination — to paraphrase a well-known quote — not ‘as the start of the tip, however merely the tip of the start.’ A distinct court docket warrants completely different illustration, notably as a lot new proof is now coming to gentle.”

Heard wrote an op-ed in The Washington Publish about her expertise with home abuse in 2018. Whereas she didn’t point out Depp by title, many believed that the put up was about her ex-husband. Depp sued Heard for $50 million for defamation in 2019/  Heard countersued Depp for $100 million.

The trial for the case began in April 2022 and concluded in June 2022, the place the jury discovered Heard liable of all three counts of defamation in her lawsuit with Depp. The jury ordered Heard to pay Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages for a complete of $15 million. Depp was discovered responsible of 1 depend of defamation towards Heard by the jury and was ordered to pay her $2 million in compensatory damages and 0 {dollars} in punitive damages for a complete of $2 million. Because of the cap on punitive damages beneath Virginia state regulation, Choose Penney Azcarate diminished Heard’s punitive damages from $5 million to $350,000. In complete, Heard must pay Depp a complete of $8.35 million in damages, accounting for the $2 million in compensatory damages he owes her. Heard’s former lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, instructed Immediately on June 2, 2022, that her shopper can “completely not” afford to pay Depp the $10.35 million she owes Depp in damages. “Oh no. Completely not, “Bredehoft mentioned when requested if Heard has the cash to afford Depp’s damages.

A supply instructed The New York Publish on the time that Heard is “broke” on account of authorized charges and her previous lavish spending on journey, garments, presents and wine. The newspaper additionally reported that Heard needed to change authorized illustration in the course of the trial and is utilizing her home-owner’s insurance coverage from the insurance coverage agency The Vacationers Firms to cowl the price of her present attorneys

Heard and authorized tried to make a case for a mistrial on account of a juror mishap on July 8, 2022. In response to paperwork obtained by Individuals, the attorneys state that “primarily based on newly found details and data that Juror No. 15 was not the person summoned for jury obligation on April 11, 2022.” Additionally they tried to throw away the decision altogether the place they declare that Depp’s compensatory award was “extreme” and “indefensible.” Nevertheless, the choose denied the mistrial.

When you or somebody is experiencing home violence, assist is offered. Name the Nationwide Home Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) for confidential help.

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