After a six-weeks of this shit show, circus of a trial, Johnny may not even take the money?
It sounds like that very well may be the case, as his lawyers, Ben Chew and Camille Vasquez, sat down with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America to discuss the recent victory for their client, Johnny Depp.
Of course, Johnny recently scored a huge win in the courtroom against ex-wife Amber Heard, after suing her for defamation on three separate counts after she penned an op-ed in The Washington Post where she claimed to have been sexually assaulted, though never specifically mentioned his name.
As a result, he was drug through the mud and his career was essentially destroyed, and he lost countless acting jobs and starring roles in multiple movies over the last six years.
The actor has always maintained his innocence, and the jury ultimately sided with him.
They also decided to award Depp with $15 million in damages – $10 million in compensatory damages for his lost movie opportunities, and $5 million in punitive damages (although punitive damages are capped at $350k in Virginia, where the case is taking place).
After doing all the math, since Amber was also awarded $2 million in compensatory damages in relation to her countersuit against him, it left Johnny’s total payout at $10.4 million.
And George Stephanopoulos pressed the attorneys on whether or not Johnny would agree to let Amber keep her money if she didn’t appeal the decision, to which lead attorney Ben Chew replied:
“We obviously can’t disclose attorney-client communications, but as Mr. Depp testified, and as we both made clear in our respective closings, this was never about money for Mr. Depp.
This was about restoring his reputation, and he’s done that.”
Several times throughout this trial, both Johnny and his lawyers cited publicly that they weren’t trying to leave Amber “impoverished” as a result of the case, which she claimed was a goal of Johnny’s in particular.
Also, not sure what the “poverty” standards are for a Hollywood actress, but I don’t think she’s going to be out on the streets because of this battle regardless of what happens with the money.
In the interview, Ben and Camille also suggested that Johnny may be willing to let Amber keep her money if she agrees to drop the appeal against him.
I mean, I’m no lawyer, but after the crushing defeat Amber was served by the jury in Fairfax county, Virginia, it sounds like a pretty sweet deal for her at this point…
You can check out the entire interview with his rockstar attorneys here: