In the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial, Judge Penney Azcarate on Friday (24 June) submitted a judgement order that reflected the previous ruling.
After a six-week trial that was closely followed, a Virginia jury found that Ms. Heard had defamed her ex-husband, Mr. Depp, on June 1.
In several areas of her countersuit against Mr. Depp, Ms. Heard also won, according to the decision. After concluding that Mr. Depp had established his case against Ms. Heard on all three counts, the jury awarded him $15 million in damages. Because of state law-imposed restrictions, the amount was lowered to $10.35m.
The session, which started at 11 a.m. ET on Friday which lasted approximately an hour did not need the actors to be present in the courtroom.
Depp and Heard Lawyers About to Meet in Final Attempt to Reach Settlement
At their meeting today at 11 a.m. ET, the attorneys for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard will have one more opportunity to negotiate a settlement of the lawsuit.
A jury of seven people found that Ms Heard had falsely accused Mr. Depp of all three allegations in an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018. Mr. Depp filed a defamation action against her, which he won on June 1.
Judge Penney Azcarate of Fairfax County Circuit Court limited the punitive damages imposed on Mr. Depp to the state’s lawful cap of $350,000 after the jury awarded him $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in restitution.
Ms. Heard prevailed in one of her three counterclaims against her former spouse, receiving a $2 million compensatory damage judgement but no punitive damages, leaving the Aquaman actress $8.35 million out of pocket.
With Friday representing the last day for the two parties to resolve the dispute, Judge Azcarate has not yet entered the decision into the docket.
They will both be required to pay each other the awarded damages if they don’t, and the verdict will be added to the docket.
Each side may still file an appeal after the judgement is rendered.
After 21 days of the verdict being submitted, the matter will be sent to the Court of Appeals of Virginia, giving each party 30 days to file an appeal notice.
Camille Vasquez Helps Man Who Collapses on Board Flight
After rushing to assist an elderly man who passed out on an American Airlines flight, Camille Vasquez, the lawyer for Johnny Depp, has been lauded as a “miracle lady” for her actions.
The incident occurred earlier this week while Ms. Vasquez was travelling from Los Angeles to New York, according to TMZ.
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The publication was informed by passengers that Ms Vasqeuz was in first class with her bodyguard when a guy in his 70s had a medical problem, fainting and banging his head nearby.
ICYMI: Heard Grilled by Savannah Guthrie Over Being ‘caught in A Lie’ About Divorce Settlement
Amber Heard was questioned by Savannah Guthrie last week about being “caught in a lie” over her promise to donate her $7 million divorce settlement to charity in her first in-depth interview since her shocking defamation trial with ex-husband Johnny Depp.
The Aquaman actor was the subject of Savannah Guthrie’s investigative reporting.
In a segment of the interview that was broadcast last week, Ms. Guthrie, whose husband is a member of Mr. Depp’s legal team, questioned if the jurors present would believe that she had been caught in a lie.
Ms. Heard defended the controversy surrounding the charity contribution, claiming that the trial was exploited to try and portray her as “a liar,” and she shouldn’t have needed to promise her full payout in the first place for people to accept her claims of abuse against her ex-husband.
Ms. Heard had promised to divide the $7 million divorce settlement between the ACLU and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in an even manner. The pair negotiated a settlement in August 2016 for that amount.
When it became clear throughout the trial that the ACLU had only received less than half of the $3.5 million payment to date, Ms. Heard was the subject of intensive questioning.
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