Why Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s Legal Battle Could Go On For a Long Time

Johnny Depp was in a pub in the North East of England before winning his defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard.

The 58-year-old was photographed with musicians Jeff Beck and Sam Fender in a Newcastle pub.

Mr. Depp smiled at photos with customers and staff and was filmed first punching an audience member as he was led out of the room, shaking hands with a man saying “we love you Johnny…I love your bro” as he left.

Amber Heard was in Virginia court for the decision. She says she is regularly abused and threatened with death as a result of the legal proceedings.

Much has happened between the televised hearings and the social media reaction, and a legal expert said it is “almost inevitable” that the dispute still has a long way to go before it’s all over.

So how much has Johnny Depp won?

As it stands, the jury thought Mr Depp should receive $10 million ($14.4 million) in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages

But the judge said state law capped punitive damages at $350,000, meaning Mr. Depp was awarded $10.35 million.

But it is not a complete victory for Mr. Depp. Mrs. Heard received $2 million dollars for her counterclaim

And for her charges of defamation, which really relate to Johnny Depp’s attorney and the actions he took on behalf of Johnny, [Ms Heard] got $2 million,” said US attorney Brent Ward.

The jury awarded Johnny Depp more than $10 million in his libel lawsuit against Amber Heard.AP: Evelyn Hockstein

What are punitive damages?

Punishment damages are intended to: punish a defendant for their actions.

The jury found that not only had Ms Heard made false and defamatory statements, but she also done with “real malice”

How much is Amber Heard worth? Can she pay the loss?

Speaking strictly in financial terms, it’s hard to know how much Mrs. Heard is worth.

The actor has appeared in dozens of films, including big-budget blockbusters for which she is said to have made millions.

But her wealth is unclear, with much of the figures circulating online based largely on speculation.


Can Amber Heard appeal the decision?

That is highly likely, according to English lawyer Mark Stephens, who said legal errors may have been made during the case.

“I think it’s almost inevitable that Amber Heard will have to appeal this verdict,” Stephens told ABC.

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