Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s lawyers are again in court.
They have a final chance to reach a reconciliation before the judge finalizes the jury’s verdict.
Depp’s lawyer had previously hinted that a settlement might be at the table after Hard’s lawyer said he couldn’t pay the unpaid $ 8 million.
On Friday, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s lawyers will meet again at a court meeting to decide whether the two actors will pull out or completely resolve the court battle.
June 1 Jury Trial Verdict It turns out that they are defaming each other. It was greatly distorted in favor of Depp.Of his three claims to Hard, the jury said he proved them all and deserved $ 15 million in damages (numbers). Judge was reduced for statutory reasons). Of Hard’s three claims against Depp, the jury gave her one victory and said she should receive $ 2 million in damages.
However, Judge Penny Azkarate, the judge who oversees the trial, did not put the jury’s verdict in the docket.
Instead, she said she would do it on Friday, June 24, unless the two parties agreed to a settlement.
Depp’s lawyer, Benjamin Chew, suggested that the settlement may be at the table.In an interview with George Stephanopoulos, host of “Good Morning America”Mr. Chu said he may agree to a settlement waiving financial damages in exchange for Mr. Depp’s agreement not to appeal the proceedings.
“We obviously can’t disclose the communication between the lawyer and the client, but as Mr. Depp testified and we revealed at the end of each, this wasn’t about Mr. Depp’s money.” Said Chu. “This was to restore his reputation, and he did it.”
Elaine Bredehoft, a lawyer representing Hard, In NBC’s “Today” show, Hard said he couldn’t afford $ 8 million to pay Depp. And she was going to appeal the case. In another interview with the “Today” show, I heard she supports her testimony In a defamation trial.
The reconciliation can take another form. The parties either exclude some of the defamation claims from the judgment, mitigate or eliminate the damages incurred, or pay $ 8.35 million to Depp instead of paying $ 10.35 million hard to pay to Depp. By letting you pay, you may agree to streamline the payment process. Pay $ 2 million hard in another transaction.
Both Depp and Hard representatives declined to comment on the settlement negotiations.
Depp sued Hard in March 2019 and claimed to have been disgraced by publishing a Washington Post editorial stating that he was a victim of domestic violence. Hard counterclaims that Depp abused her before and during her marriage, claimed to have ended in 2016, and claimed that she had injured him through a statement from a lawyer who called her claim a “hoax.” Was raised. Both celebrities testified in a six-week trial at Fairfax County, Virginia.
At a hearing on Friday at 11:00 am, Azcarate can also accept oral arguments from both sides regarding the jury’s verdict. Depp and Haad do not have to be in court during the hearing, Azkarate clerk Sammy Abdala told insiders.
Abdala told insiders that if the two disagreed with the settlement and Azkarate ruled a jury trial, the case would be transferred to the Virginia Court of Appeals 21 days later. At that point, the parties have 30 days to file a notice of appeal.
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