Amber Heard will file for bankruptcy ..After Depp's victory, how will Heard pay 8 million, and what are the alternatives to her?
After Depp's victory, how will Heard pay 8 million, and what are the alternatives to her?
Amber Heard loses defamation lawsuit to Johnny Depp
Amber Heard will file for bankruptcy
After a jury in Virginia did justice to the well-known actor Johnny Depp, in a defamation case against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, and ruled that he had obtained more than 10 million dollars in compensation, questions arise about the ability of the American actress to pay such a large amount.
The jury also found that Heard had been defamed by Depp's lawyer, who accused her of orchestrating an elaborate hoax that included scattering the contents of their apartment to make it look worse for the police, and awarded his ex-wife $2 million in damages.
Heard would therefore have to pay $8 million, along with $350,000 in "punitive damages", the Virginia statutory limit.
The New York Times quoted Heard's spokeswoman as saying that the actress plans to appeal her sentence, which will add interest to the amount she has to pay.
And in the event Heard fails to pay the amount, the court may collect the amount it imposed on the actress from the wages she will receive for her upcoming artwork, according to the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”, based on legal opinions.
One of the options available to Heard is also declaring her bankruptcy, which will most likely exempt her from paying the $8 million, but she will still have to pay the $350,000 in "punitive damages."
The key to solving Heard's crisis remains with her ex-husband, Depp, who can waive the case and the amount of compensation.
Depp described the ruling as an acquittal, while Heard said she was "disappointed", according to "Reuters".
Depp, 58, sued Heard for $50 million, saying she had tarnished his reputation when she described herself as "the public figure who represents domestic violence (the tragedy)" in a newspaper opinion piece.
In return, Heard, 36, is seeking $100 million in damages, saying Depp abused her when his lawyer called her accusations "malicious."
Depp denied hitting Heard or any woman, and said that Heard was the one who used violence against him in their relationship.
Depp and Heard's testimony was circulated in a live broadcast on social media, which attracted a large audience to watch the details of the turbulent relationship of the couple.
Depp told the jury that he lost everything because of Heard's accusations, as the shooting of a new movie in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series was stopped, while Depp was replaced by another actor in the "Fantastic Beasts" movie related to the "Harry Potter" series.
"The jury gave me my life back," Depp said in a statement.
Depp watched the sentencing hearing while he was in Britain, while Heard attended the hearing, accompanied by two of her lawyers, and appeared frustrated while reading the sentence.
In a statement after the verdict was pronounced, she said: "The disappointment I feel today cannot be expressed in words. I feel sad that the amount of evidence is still not enough to stand up to the influence, power and influence of my ex-husband."