Rumor has it that Amber Heard sold her California home for $1.05M after being ordered to pay her ex, Johnny Depp, over $8 million for three counts of defamation.
Amber Heard's legal team appealed to the Virginia court since the two sides failed to reach a settlement after the jurors found that she defamed Depp on all three counts while he defamed her on one.
The most talked-about legal battle is far from being over. However, Heard has to be prepared, so she reportedly sold her Yucca Valley home in the California desert for $1.05million. She made a profit of about $500,000.
Heard bought the house in 2019 through an unknown source close to the mom of one.
The Daily Beast reported that Heard walked away from a hefty divorce settlement she was entitled to after filing for divorce from Johnny Depp in 2016.
The unsealed documents show that she could have asked for half of $33 million, his salary from the fourth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean since the movie was made while they were married.
She wrote to her lawyers that she was being "amazingly true to (her) word, that this is not about the money."
This was not evidence presented in the defamation case.
TMZ broke the news that the actress sold her home after she said she did not have the $8 million she was ordered to pay.
Depp was awarded $ 10 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages. Heard received $2 million.
The Daily Beast alleges that her lawyer begged Heard to pursue the full amount, citing that the Pirates movie was a "community property," and Amber was entitled to 50 percent, according to California laws.
Judge Azcarate refused to allow it to be part of the evidence. But that's not all. Team Depp allegedly wanted to submit nude photos of the actress and Amber's short work as an exotic dancer. Her legal team argued that was "irrelevant personal matters."
That, too, did not end up among the evidence in the Virginia defamation trial.
After the appeal, Depp's team told Daily Mail:
"The jury listened to the extensive evidence presented during the trial and came to a clear and unanimous verdict that the defendant herself defamed Mr. Depp in multiple instances. We remain confident in our case and that this verdict will stand."
A day after the appeal, Johnny Depp's lawyers also appealed, saying they wanted to ensure "all information is considered by the court."
In March 2019, Depp sued Amber for defamation after publishing her op-ed in The Washinton Post.
The allegations of abuse followed the actor until 2020 when new recordings leaked. Heard told Depp,
"I f**king was hitting you... I don't know what the motion of my hand was, but you're fine, I did not hurt you, I did not punch you, I was hitting you."
Depp sued for $50 million, while Heard countersued in 2021 for $100 million.
The six-week trial started in April 2022, and the jurors reached the verdict on June 1.
To be continued...