A member of Johnny Depp’s legal team has claimed that his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard was “never about money” despite the fact that he was suing her for $50 million and was eventually awarded $10.35 million in damages. However, it’s now been suggested that he’s unlikely to pursue collection of the money owed to him by Heard.
“He was over the moon … I feel that finally after six years he's gotten his life back.”
Johnny Depp’s lawyers Camille Vasquez and Ben Chew share the actor’s reaction to his legal victory in court against Amber Heard. https://t.co/kWY5S6eOU4 pic.twitter.com/9pe7ax2nSe
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- Depp’s attorney Ben Chew called the verdict a “total win for Johnny.” Regardless of the amount of money he was awarded, Chew believes the trial result vindicated Depp in the eyes of the world, he shared during an interview on Good Morning America. Lawyer Camille Vasquez echoed that sentiment, saying: “He’s over the moon … I feel that finally after six years, he’s gotten his life back.”
- Depp may not pursue the money he’s owed. While Chew couldn’t speak in detail about his conversations with his client, he did suggest that Depp may not hold Heard to the money she owes him. When host George Stephanopoulos suggested that we might “see a settlement where [Heard] foregoes the appeal in return for Depp waving any monetary damages,” Chew answered that since it was “never about money,” Depp may not force her to pay it. “This was about restoring his reputation, and he’s done that,” Chew added.
- Heard is expected to appeal the ruling. The actress’ attorneys have said that Heard absolutely plans to appeal the verdict and fight it again in court, which may lead to a settlement between herself and Depp to avoid dragging it all out again in another trial. However, nothing has officially been decided in that regard.
- Vasquez still believes the verdict speaks for itself. Questioned why she believes the public reacted so strongly in support of Depp, she explained: “The key to victory was focusing on the facts and the evidence and Johnny’s opportunity to speak the truth for the first time. It was six years in the making and I think he was able to connect with the jury and the general public.” She added: “We’re only speaking about what happened in this case. And the facts in this case were overwhelmingly positive for Johnny. And the verdict speaks for itself. I think our response to that is we encourage any victim to come forward, domestic violence has no gender.” It seems the Johnny Depp lawsuit was an all-around win for his team.