Johnny Depp sued Amber Heard in a defamation trial that lasted for weeks and ended up winning the case with a jury awarding him $15 million in damages. Now, The Daily Beast reported that Heard’s team claimed in pretrial documents that she suffered financial losses in the “$47-50 million” range over a “3-5 year period” because of Depp’s defamatory statements against her.
As shared by Variety, Amber Heard’s team also argued that her stature as an actor was “comparable” to the likes of Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, Zendaya, Ana de Armas, and Chris Pine. Elsewhere, the newly-unsealed court documents reveal that Heard refused to accept “tens of millions of dollars,” the money Depp made off the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. The sequel was shot during Depp and Heard’s marriage, which made it a “community property asset” and entitled Heard to half the income made.
The Daily Beast notes that Johnny Depp made $33 million from the fourth Pirates movie, so he likely matched that or made even more on a fifth film. Heard refused to accept the money during her divorce proceedings, all evidence from which was excluded from being used in the defamation trial. According to the outlet, the unsealed documents also reveal that Depp’s team fought to keep Marilyn Manson’s name out of the defamation trial. The team argued that “references to and evidence regarding Marilyn Manson” would “smear Mr. Depp under a guilty by association theory.”
Amber Heard’s team, meanwhile, urged the judge to toss a number of “irrelevant personal matters” that Depp’s team was reportedly going to bring up and use against her. Heard’s team alleged that “Mr. Depp inappropriately seeks to introduce evidence” that included “(1) nude pictures of Amber Heard; (2) Amber Heard’s sister Whitney’s reality show video; (3) Whitney and Amber’s past romantic relationships; (4) Amber’s brief stint as an exotic dancer years before she met Mr. Depp and Mr. Depp attempting to frivolously and maliciously suggest or imply that Ms. Heard was at one time an escort.”
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s highly publicized defamation trial has brought out several controversies and bizarre revelations. The former couple fought in Fairfax, Virginia Court over a $50 million defamation suit filed by Depp against the Aquaman actress over an op-ed she wrote where she claimed of falling victim to domestic violence. Though she did not mention Depp by name. While the jury in the verdict sided more with Depp, it still ruled that Depp defamed Heard in the course of fighting back against her charges. The jury awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages for her counterclaim.