Actress Amber Hard is unable to pay her ex-husband Johnny Depp more than 10 million in damages, her lawyer said Thursday, after a U.S. jury ruled in favor of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star in a bitter defamation suit.
The high-profile television court battle ended on Wednesday when a jury of seven found that Depp and Hard had defamed each other, but weighed much more strongly with Depp.
The jury, after a six-week trial consisting of domestic violence claims and counter-claims, awarded him $ 10.35 million in compensation, compared to the হার্ড 2 million paid to Hard.
Asked on NBC’s Today show if Hard would be able to pay, his attorney, Ellen Bradhoft, said: “Oh no, not at all.”
He added that the “Aquaman” star wanted to appeal against the verdict and that “there is some excellent basis for it.”
Depp, 58, who lost a defamation suit against British tabloid The Sun in London in 2020, called the “wife-Peter” a victory in the case when Hard said he was “heartbroken”.
Depp sued Hard for an op-ed he wrote for the Washington Post in December 2018, in which he described himself as a “public figure representing domestic violence.”
The Texas-born hardcover did not name Depp, but sued him for being a domestic abuser and seeking $ 50 million in damages.
Hard, 36, filed a 100 million counter-claim, saying he was defamed by a statement from Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, who told the Daily Mail that his abuse claims were a “fraud.”
Bradhoft said Depp’s legal team worked to “haunt” Heard and suppress important evidence at trial, preventing judges from examining evidence of Depp’s alleged abuse.
“A lot of things were allowed in this court that shouldn’t have been allowed, and that confuses the jury,” he said.
“We had a lot of evidence that was suppressed in this case which was a UK case,” he said. “In the case of the UK, when it came down to it, Amber won, Mr Depp lost.”
Lawyers say the ruling makes MeToo sick for the movement and will discourage women from reporting sexual harassment and abuse.
“This is a terrible message,” Bradhoft said. “It’s a significant push, because that’s exactly what it means.
“Unless you take out your phone and watch videos of you being beaten by your spouse or your significant other, you will not be effectively trusted.”
Today Bradhoft was asked about Hard’s immediate reaction to the verdict in Fairfax County Circuit Court near the U.S. capital.
“One of the first things he said was, ‘I’m so sorry for all the women out there,'” she said. “It’s a shock to all women inside and outside the courtroom, and she feels the burden of it.”
In a statement, Hard said: “The frustration I feel today is beyond words.
“I am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence was still not enough to stand up against my ex-husband’s unequal power, influence and dominance,” she said.
On his behalf, Depp welcomed Roy, saying, “The jury has given me back my life.”
“The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun,” Depp said in a statement.
Bradhoft said social media could influence the case even though judges were instructed not to look into it.
“There’s no way they couldn’t be affected by it, and it was horrible,” he said. “It really, really was on one side.”
Hard’s attorney further stated that he opposed the broadcast of the trial on television.
“I was against the camera in the courtroom, and I went on record with it and argued against it because of its sensitive nature, but it made it a zoo,” he said.
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