The defamation trial might be over, but Amber Heard isn’t finished with discussing her relationship with Johnny Depp just yet. Aired on television and streaming online for millions around the world to see, the trial stemmed from Depp suing Heard over allegations that she was a victim of domestic violence. He was seeking $ 50 million in damages while Heard countersued for $ 100 million, arguing she’d been the one defamed.
Ultimately, a jury sided heavily with Depp, agreeing that Heard had defamed her ex-husband with “false and defamatory” allegations. He was awarded $ 15 million in damages, though due to Virginia law, that amount was later reduced to $ 10.35 million. Heard had also been awarded $ 2 million as the jury found Depp liable for defaming Heard because of statements made by his former attorney Adam Waldman. This still puts her on the hook for more than $ 8 million, an amount Heard’s attorneys say she can’t pay, though it’s speculated that Depp may waive the damages.
In any case, the feud between the two could also be heated back up in light of the news of Heard writing a tell-all book about their marriage. OK! Magazine reports that Heard has signed a multi-million dollar deal to write the book, in part because the “broke” actress is not “in a position to turn down money.” An unnamed source close to Heard, per the report, adds that Heard is aware that she most likely won’t be getting any more high-paying gigs in Hollywood and sees the book as her next career move.
“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,” the source claims.
Amber Heard’s New Book Could Put Her Back in Court
For Amber Heard, it could be a pretty risky venture to write a book detailing how Johnny Depp had allegedly abused her. A jury had already found her to be liable for defaming Depp with an op-ed she had written for The Washington Post in 2018, and that was when she hadn’t even specifically named her ex-husband. Presumably, a tell-all book with more detailed statements describing Depp as an abuser could very well result in the Aquaman actress getting hit with another defamation lawsuit.
But Heard doesn’t seem to be very concerned. Since the trial, she has already taken part in a televised interview in which she doubles down on her story that Depp had violently abused her. Heard also claimed that the verdict would serve as discouragement for other victims of domestic violence to come forward and argued that her right to free speech has been taken from her.
“I took for granted what I assumed was my right to speak,” Heard said in the interview. “I’m scared that no matter what I do, 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. “