The long-drawn and sensational Defamation Case regarding Johnny Depp suing Amber Heard for $50M for an op-ed piece she wrote for The Washington Post alleging Depp of domestic abuse followed by Heard’s $100M counter-sue, recently came to an end with the jury giving a unanimous verdict in Depp’s favour. But as the circumstances stand, we might see more of them at court against each other.
In the final verdict so far, Heard was found guilty and her op-ed piece defamatory. Depp was awarded $15 million in damages. However, the actress still holds her ground. In the first interview since the trial, the Aquaman actress talked to TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie. She unflinchingly claimed that she will stand by every word of her testimony until the day she dies. She also said that Johnny Depp lied when he said he never hit her during their marriage.
Legal Expert predicts another lawsuit on the way
However, now Nicole Haff – a New York-based entertainment lawyer, believes that Heard’s comments in this interview could backfire – and result in her getting sued by Depp once again.
Nicole Haff – who works for Romano Law, said that Amber Heard’s accusation during her Today’s interview is enough for Johnny Depp to sue her again while interacting with the Daily Mail. Haff said, “Yes. This interview could count as a new ‘publication’ under the law, which could spur a third lawsuit.”
Although Haff opined that Heard’s latest interview raises the chances and gives Depp a fair chance of suing her again, he also added on the contrary that it may not be worth the Pirates of the Caribbean actor pursuing further legal action against her. He said, “Heard’s lawyers have already stated that she cannot pay the original judgment.”
EXCLUSIVE: Amber Heard tells @SavannahGuthrie that she fears continued "silencing."
AH: "No matter what I say, or how I say it – every step that I take will present another opportunity for this sort of silencing, which is what, I guess, a defamation lawsuit is meant to do." pic.twitter.com/mnl93lpQTu
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 15, 2022
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) June 14, 2022
Johnny Depp accused of manipulating the jury through his acting skills
Anyways, in recent days Heard’s legal team, especially her lawyer Elaine Charlson Bredehoft has been very vocal about how the verdict hasn’t been a fair one and that they will contest it very soon. They strongly believe that the biased social media representation, which strongly and almost unanimously supported Depp and projected a vilified image of Amber Heard is one of the root causes that swayed the jury’s opinion, despite an official order for the jurors to stay off social media. Depp’s acting skills were also targeted by the actress, saying that he is “a beloved character” who convinced the world “he had scissors for fingers” and he did employ the same acting talent to sway the verdict in his favour.
There is a very probable chance that even if Depp decides not to sue Heard for her interview with TODAY, she would still appeal the verdict in court and we will probably see them against each other in the courtroom again. For now, Depp does face another lawsuit for assault by his former crew member and the first hearing is in July.