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Washington, United States: Actress Amber Heard’s lawyer claimed Thursday that she is unable to pay her ex-husband Johnny Depp more than $10 million in damages after a US jury sided with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor in a heated defamation dispute.
The high-profile televised court fight concluded on Wednesday when a seven-person jury determined that Depp and Heard had defamed each other, but sided heavily with Depp.

After a six-week trial that included charges and counterclaims of domestic violence, the jury awarded him $10.35 million in damages, compared to $2 million granted to Heard.

When asked on NBC’s TODAY show if Heard would be able to pay, her attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, answered, “Oh no, certainly not.”

She went on to say that the “Aquaman” star intends to appeal the conviction and has “very solid grounds for doing so.”

Depp, 58, praised the split judgement in the case as a triumph after losing a libel action against the British tabloid The Sun in London in 2020 for branding him a “wife-beater,” while Heard claimed she was “heartbroken.”

Depp sued Heard in December 2018 for an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in which she portrayed herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

Although Heard did not identify Depp in the article, he sued her for insinuating he was a domestic abuser and wanted $50 million in damages.

Heard, 36, countersued for $100 million, claiming she was defamed by Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, who told the Daily Mail her abuse accusations were a “hoax.”

‘Horrible message,’ says one.

According to Bredehoft, Depp’s legal team sought to “demonise” Heard and withheld critical evidence in the trial, preventing jurors from investigating evidence of Depp’s alleged abuse.

“A lot of things were allowed in this court that should not have been allowed, and it confused the jury,” she explained.

“In this case that was in the UK court, we had an amazing quantity of material that was concealed,” she stated. “When the UK case came in, Amber won, and Mr. Depp lost.”

The verdict, according to the lawyer, is bad for the MeToo movement and will dissuade women from reporting sexual harassment and abuse.

“It’s a terrible message,” remarked Bredehoft. “It’s a major setback because that’s precisely what it signifies.

“Unless you bring out your phone and record your husband or significant other abusing you, you will not be believed.”

TODAY questioned Bredehoft about Heard’s instant reaction to the trial’s result, which took place in Fairfax County Circuit Court near the US capital.

“She responded right away, ‘I am very sorry to all those ladies out there,'” she added. “This is a setback for all women in and out of the courts, and she bears the weight.”

‘Zoo’

Heard stated in a statement, “the disappointment I feel tonight is beyond words.”

“I’m heartbroken that the weight of evidence was not enough to stand up to my ex-disproportionate husband’s power, influence, and sway,” she added.

Depp, for one, praised the ruling, stating, “The jury gave me my life back.”

“The best is yet to come,” Depp stated in a statement. “A new chapter has finally begun.”

Bredehoft stated that social media may have had an influence on the case, despite the fact that jurors were ordered not to look at it.

“There’s no way kids weren’t impacted by that, and it was horrific,” she added. “It was incredibly, terribly unbalanced.”

Heard’s lawyer also stated her opposition to having the trial aired. “I was against cameras in the courtroom, and I went on record with that, and I advocated against it because of the delicate nature of this,” she stated.

By adele rose

Adele Rose is the senior editor and employee of WGBS Pvt Ltd Digital wing.

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