- Attorneys for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are going through off in courtroom once more Friday.
- They’ve one final likelihood to succeed in a settlement earlier than the decide finalizes the jury’s verdict.
- Depp’s lawyer beforehand hinted at a settlement after Heard’s lawyer mentioned she could not pay $8 million.
Attorneys for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are set to sq. off once more Friday in a courtroom assembly that may decide whether or not the 2 actors will drag out their authorized battle or settle it as soon as and for all.
On June 1, a jury delivered a trial verdict that discovered they defamed one another. It skewed closely in Depp’s favor. The jury mentioned he proved all three of his claims in opposition to Heard and deserved $15 million in damages, a determine the decide lowered to about $10 million for statutory causes. Of Heard’s three claims in opposition to Depp, jurors gave her only one win and mentioned she ought to get $2 million in damages.
However Choose Penney Azcarate, the decide overseeing the trial, did not enter the jury verdict into the docket.
As a substitute, she mentioned she’d do it on Friday — until the 2 events agreed to a settlement.
Benjamin Chew, an legal professional representing Depp, beforehand steered a settlement could also be on the desk. In an interview with the “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos, Chew mentioned Depp may comply with a settlement through which he waives financial damages in return for Heard agreeing to not attraction the case.
“We clearly cannot disclose any attorney-client communications, however as Mr. Depp testified, and as we each made clear in our respective closings, this was by no means about cash for Mr. Depp,” Chew mentioned. “This was about restoring his fame, and he is completed that.”
Elaine Bredehoft, an legal professional representing Heard, instructed NBC’s “At the moment” that Heard could not afford the $8 million she owed Depp and that she deliberate to attraction the case. In a separate interview with “At the moment,” Heard mentioned she stood by her testimony within the defamation trial.
A settlement may take one other kind. The events might comply with drop a number of the defamation claims from the decision, scale back or remove the damages owed, or streamline the fee course of by having Heard pay Depp $8.35 million, moderately than the $10.35 million she owes Depp, with Depp paying Heard $2 million in a separate transaction.
Representatives for each Depp and Heard declined to touch upon settlement negotiations.
Depp sued Heard in March 2019, alleging she defamed him by publishing a Washington Submit op-ed through which she described herself as a sufferer of home violence. Heard filed a countersuit, alleging Depp abused her earlier than and through their marriage, which led to 2016, and that he defamed her by way of statements from his lawyer calling her claims a “hoax.” Each celebrities testified of their six-week trial on the Fairfax County, Virginia, courthouse.
On the 11 a.m. listening to Friday, Azcarate might also settle for oral arguments from either side over the jury verdict. Depp and Heard aren’t personally required to be within the courtroom through the listening to, Samy Abdallah, Azcarate’s clerk, instructed Insider.
If the 2 do not comply with a settlement, and Azcarate enters the jury verdict, then the case will transfer to the Courtroom of Appeals of Virginia after 21 days, Abdallah instructed Insider. At that time, the events would have 30 days to file a discover of attraction.