Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial aftermath updates live: reactions to verdict, Heard interview, tell-all book – AS USA

Depp vs Heard: live updates

Johnny Depp v Amber Heard aftermath: headlines

– Depp, Heard teams have final chance to reach settlement at hearing on Friday

– Depp’s band Hollywood Vampires to tour Germany, Luxembourg in 2023

– Depp presently on tour with musician Jeff Beck; pair set for Oslo concert today

– Amber Heard reported to be planning “revenge tell-all book”

– Heard “trying best to have positive outlook“, source tells People

Take a look at some of AS USA’s related news pieces:

Amber Heard’s team confirm they will launch an appeal

After much speculation, a representative of Amber Heard confirmed that the actress will be lodging a court appeal to the defamation case against her, which she lost earlier this month. She was ordered to pay ex-husband Johnny Depp damages and compensation totalling close to $15 million. 

“As stated in yesterday’s congressional hearings, you don’t ask for a pardon if you are innocent,” said Heard’s rep, in a reference to the previous day’s January 6 Committee hearings. “And, you don’t decline to appeal if you know you are right.”

Depp-Heard trial judge ratifies jury decision

According to reports, the judge who presided over the Depp-Heard defamation trial has finalized the verdict after a behind-the-scenes deal between the parties failed to materialize, meaning that barring any new developments, Amber Heard will have to stump up the $10.35m awarded to Depp.

What kind of future awaits Johnny Depp and Amber Heard now that the trial is over?


What kind of future awaits Johnny Depp and Amber Heard now that the trial is over?

In the social media age, it is perhaps more the case than ever that the old adage “all publicity is good publicity” rings true. Johnny Depp is releasing an album that is practically guaranteed to sell, his Dior fragrance is flying off shelves and the actor has been tipped to return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Amber Heard, meanwhile, has reportedly had her screen time in Aquaman 2 bumped up and it seems likely she will get plenty of offers given the media coverage of the defamation trial. 

Depp-Heard trial invoked by Laundrie judge

Few have been able to avoid the goings on in the Depp-Heard case and the Florida judge overseeing a civil lawsuit filed by the parents of slain travel blogger Gabby Petito against the parents of her suspected killer and ex-boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, invoked it this week during a hearing on whether the case will proceed to trial.

Twelfth Circuit Judge Hunter Carroll grilled both sides over whether an early statement made by Steve Bertolino, the Laundries’ longtime lawyer, amounted to speech on their behalf. The lawsuit alleges that the Laundries knew Gabby Petito was already dead and misled her parents and stepparents.

Carroll noted that Johnny Depp had just been found liable for defaming his ex-wife Amber Heard due to a comment his lawyer made.

Depp’s ‘heroic’ lawyer is back at saving lives

Camille Vasquez will make headlines for pretty much anything at the moment – yeah, you’ve seen the merchandise – but the attorney is being heralded today as a hero for coming to the aid of an elderly man who suffered a medical emergency while aboard a flight on Thursday.

A representative for American Airlines confirmed to TMZ that an elderly man collapsed and hit his head during a flight from Los Angeles to New York.

“Passengers say [Vasquez] got in touch with her brother-in-law, a doctor, and he started guiding her through steps to check if the man was having a heart attack or brain bleed from the fall,” per TMZ. “[Vasquez]’s bodyguard took off his Apple watch to monitor the passenger’s heart rate.”

Vasquez and her bodyguard were eventually joined by a surgeon, who was seated further back on the plane. The plane then returned to LAX, where the man was treated by EMS workers.

Could Depp waive damages if Heard drops appeal?

Ahead of today’s final hearing in Fairfax, here’s a reminder of what Johnny Depp attorney Ben Chew told Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos when asked whether Depp might be willing to waive the damages awarded to him in exchange for Amber Heard foregoing an appeal against the trial verdict.

“We obviously can’t disclose attorney-client communications, but as Mr Depp testified, and as we both [Chew and fellow Depp lawyer Camille Vasquez] made clear in our respective closings, this was never about money for Mr Depp,” Chew said earlier this month. “This was about restoring his reputation, and he’s done that.”

Told by Stephanopoulos that his response made it sound like such a settlement “could be on the table”, Chew said: “Again, we have to be careful what we say, but this was about Mr Depp’s reputation. That was what it was about for him.”

Depp v Heard: final hearing scheduled for Friday

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s legal teams are set for a final chance to reach a settlement on Friday, when they return to Fairfax County Court for an 11am ET hearing with Judge Penny Azcarate.

Insider’s Jacob Shamsian reports that Depp and Heard do not need to be at the hearing themselves, and that if the two sides cannot agree on a settlement, Judge Azcarate will finalise the jury’s verdict, which saw $10.35m awarded to Depp, and $2m awarded to Heard.

Shamsian has been told by Judge Azcarate’s clerk, Samy Abdallah, that the case would then go to the Court of Appeals of Virginia, with both sides given 30 days to file a notice of appeal.

Heard to write “revenge tell-all” book?

It was also reported this week that Heard is readying a “revenge tell-all” book after her trial defeat to Depp.

“Amber considers her career in Hollywood over. She’s already in talks and is excited about it. At this point, she has nothing to lose and wants to tell all,” a source told OK! Magazine USA.

However, a legal expert spoken to by the magazine says Heard needs to watch her step if she is to avoid finding herself “right back in court”.

“She needs to be extremely careful as to what she says about him [Depp],” divorce lawyer Dror Biken said.

Heard “still weighing legal options”

Earlier this week, a source told People magazine that Heard is “disappointed” but is “trying her best to have a positive outlook” after her courtroom defeat to Depp.

The 36-year-old is “drained and exhausted after the trial”, the source revealed, but is “doing okay.”

“Amber is still disappointed about the jury’s verdict,” the source also said. “She is still weighing her legal options, but right now, she needs some breathing room to just enjoy the summer.”

See also: Heard statement after trial loss to Depp

Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial: Craziest moments and weirdest courtroom appearances
Key moments from the Amber Heard vs Johnny Depp trial

Depp v Heard aftermath, live updates: welcome

Good morning and welcome to our daily live blog for Friday 24 June 2022, bringing you the latest news on the aftermath to the Depp v Heard defamation case.

I’m sure you know only too well by now, but just to recap: a jury in Fairfax, Virginia, deemed that Heard had defamed Depp in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse”, and ordered her to pay her former husband damages totalling $10.35m. Heard, meanwhile, won $2m after the jury found in her favour on one count of her counter-suit against Depp.