Johnny Depp and Amber Heard failed to reach a settlement before Friday’s deadline.
This makes the jury’s verdict final: Heard owes Depp more than $10 million, while he owes her $2 million.
A spokesman for Heard said she plans to appeal the verdict.
The judge overseeing the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard finalized the ruling in the case on Friday. any possibility of the two actors reaching a last minute settlement†
A representative for Heard said she plans to appeal the verdict. She has 30 days to file an appeal.
Jurors in the case ruling on June 1and found that Depp and Heard were slandering each other.
However, the decision tilted heavily in Depp’s favor. Jurors sided with all three of his claims against Heard, awarding him $10 million in damages and another $5 million in punitive damages. They gave Heard just one win out of her three counterclaims and awarded her $2 million in compensatory damages.
Judge Penney Azcarate, who presided over the six-week trial in Fairfax County, Virginia, did not immediately take the jury verdict in court. Instead, she said Depp and Heard had until June 24 to reach a settlement, which she would implement in lieu of the verdict; if they failed to reach a settlement, the jury’s verdict would stand.
During Friday’s hearing, lawyers for the two celebrities told the judge that a settlement had not yet been reached. Azcarate took the jury verdict in the role and made it official. Hair to order also said the amount owed by each party was subject to an annual interest of 6%, in accordance with Virginia law. Neither Depp nor Heard was present in the courthouse.
After the hearing, a spokesperson for Heard made a statement to reporters referring to: Republican members of Congress ask for a pardon amid their efforts to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“As said during the congressional hearings yesterday, you don’t ask for a pardon if you’re innocent,” the spokesperson said. “And you don’t refuse to appeal if you know you’re right.”
In a piece of evidence attached to Azcarate’s order Friday, Depp’s attorneys objected to the $2 million verdict against him, leaving open the possibility that he would appeal that portion of the verdict.
Benjamin Chew, a lawyer representing Depp, hinted at the possibility of a settlement in a interview with the host of “Good Morning America”, George Stephanopoulos shortly after the trial. He said Depp agrees to waive the monetary damages in exchange for Heard’s promise not to appeal the verdict.
In her own post-trial interview, Heard said she stood by her testimony and accused Depp of physically abusing her during their relationship. azcarat reduced the punitive damages owed Heard to $350,000 because of the limits set by state law. But Elaine Bredehoft, one of Heard’s attorneys, said Heard could not pay the $8.35 million owed to Depp and she would appeal the verdict.
This article has been updated.
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