Days after the verdict was announced in the Johnny DeppAmber heard libel suit, the written order for Amber to pay Johnny $10.35 million has been passed. She has been held responsible for damaging Johnny Depp’s reputation by describing herself as a victim of domestic violence in an op-ed she wrote in December 2018. Also read: Billie Eilish questions internet’s focus on Johnny vs Amber lawsuit over abortion law
According to the AP, Judge Penney Azcarate has entered a verdict in the case file after a brief hearing in Fairfax County Circuit Court. She also ordered Johnny to pay Amber $2 million, the jury’s price on her counterclaim that she had been slandered by one of Johnny’s lawyers.
The news agency further reports that during Friday’s hearing, the judge said that if Amber appeals, she must deposit bail for the full amount of the $10.35 million award while the appeal is pending. The judge’s order states that 6% interest per year is charged on both prices. The jury had previously said Johnny should receive $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, but the judge reduced the damages to $350,000 under a state limit.
Amber’s lawyer Elaine Charlson Bredehoft previously told Today that the actor cannot pay such a hefty amount. When asked if Amber Johnny can afford the said amount, she replied “Oh no, absolutely not”.
She had also said, “She’s demonized here. This court allowed a number of things that should not have been allowed, and it confused the jury. We were not allowed to tell them about the verdict in the UK… There is no compensation.”
The verdict was announced on June 1 after a lengthy televised defamation trial with both actors revealing sensational details of their brief marriage from 2015 to 2017. The trial was all the rage on the internet with fans of the two from around the world. take sides while shocked at what one said about the other. Amber has said she plans to appeal the verdict.
Johnny had sued Amber over her 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post, in which she represents herself as “a public figure who represents domestic violence.”