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Heard Faces Career Ruin And Bankruptcy After Johnny Depp Battle

Heard Faces Career Ruin And Bankruptcy After Johnny Depp Battle
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On Wednesday, June 1, a seven-person jury in Fairfax County found that Amber Heard defamed Johnny Depp and initially awarded him ten plus 5 million USD. His ex-wife, who filed a countersuit, was awarded 2 million, as she was found defamed on one count.

Heard Faces Career Ruin And Bankruptcy After Johnny Depp Battle

Numerous public figures gave their gloomy predictions for Amber's career and finances. Heard already mentioned financial troubles during her testimony, including that she pledged but did not donate her divorce settlement to charities.

Daily Mail reports that she might have to sell a $570,000 rural hideaway in Yucca Valley and a Range Rover she kept in the divorce.

Heard Faces Career Ruin And Bankruptcy After Johnny Depp Battle

Though Heard has 30 years to pay her ex, Attorney Sandra Spurgeon of Spurgeon Law Group in Lexington, Kentucky, said that she might negotiate a lower amount.

Talking to CBS MoneyWatch, Spurgeon said:

"He's [Depp] in the driver's seat right now. For an individual who can't pay the judgment and has no ability to post the bond, then there is a real issue if the winning party intends to execute the judgment."

Heard Faces Career Ruin And Bankruptcy After Johnny Depp Battle

In another scenario, which is highly likely, Heard could appeal the damages. The issue here is that she has to present the total amount, though a new judge might be in her favor.

CBS News legal contributor Jessica Levinson suggested that her future earnings from acting and modeling could be garnished. It means that she would work, but the money would go directly to Johnny Depp.

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Heard Faces Career Ruin And Bankruptcy After Johnny Depp Battle

Levinson explained:

"That's not an unusual situation where somebody says, 'I don't have - I can't fulfill this,' and so I certainly think because she has earning potential part of her wages could be garnished as a result."

While this might seem like a good solution, there is also an issue of who will hire Heard now, as experts suggested.

Heard Faces Career Ruin And Bankruptcy After Johnny Depp Battle

Amber Heard testified she had to "fight" to keep the role of Mera in Aquaman's sequel. British PR expert Mark Borkowski said:

"There is no way back for Heard in Hollywood. If you're sitting there making a movie or thinking about casting it, are you going to hire her?"

Borkowski added:

"Look at the huge outcry about Aquaman 2 [where a petition to have her kicked off the film hit four million signatures last night]. The trial pollutes any marketing or PR to launch a film."

The PR expert referred to a petition to have Amber removed from Aquaman 2, which surpassed 4.5 million signatures on June 2.

Heard Faces Career Ruin And Bankruptcy After Johnny Depp Battle
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Matthew Belloni, a former entertainment lawyer, claims that Amber and Johnny will work again. He added:

"I think it will be a while before a major studio will consider them `safe´ enough to bet on."

Reputation management consultant Alexandra Villa of In House PR spoke to the Mirror:

"Amber's career appears to be in crisis right now. What has happened will frighten the big Hollywood studios. Smaller productions too will be wary about investing money into Amber for any project."

Villa weighed in her opinion:

"In my opinion, at this moment, producers will have to consider carefully whether they will hire her as the momentum of public opinion has shifted against her."

"People forget Hollywood studios are businesses. They hire stars on whether they will bring in profits or not. She has a mountain to climb. Much of her testimony has holes in it, and she may need to address those issues."

Heard Faces Career Ruin And Bankruptcy After Johnny Depp Battle

Spotted Media chief executive Janet Comenos reminded us that Hollywood is following what the public thinks about Depp and Heard. Comenos said:

"It has come up in several conversations of ours with producers; they are curious to understand if there's a discrepancy between the actions taken by the studios and the public's opinion."

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Comenos added:

"I think the results show pretty clearly that Johnny Depp is extremely hireable and that it would be a risk to a production company to hire Amber Heard because of the precipitous drop in appeal that she has had since the beginning of the trial."

Heard Faces Career Ruin And Bankruptcy After Johnny Depp Battle

Eric Rose, a crisis management and communications expert from Los Angeles, said the trial was a "classic murder-suicide" in terms of damage to Amber's and Depp's careers. "

Rose explained, "From a reputation-management perspective, there can be no winners." He added:

"They´ve bloodied each other up. It becomes more difficult now for studios to hire either actor because you´re potentially alienating a large segment of your audience who may not like the fact that you have retained either Johnny or Amber for a specific project because feelings are so strong now."

Heard Faces Career Ruin And Bankruptcy After Johnny Depp Battle

Texas-born actress' wealth is unclear. Fox Business reports it is around $8 million, while some argue it is closer to $3 million.

Her finances were a subject of speculations during the divorce from Depp when she initially asked for "exclusive use and possession." She asked to live rent-free in three Los Angeles penthouses, drive a black Range Rover, and pay $125,000 for legal and other fees.

Heard Faces Career Ruin And Bankruptcy After Johnny Depp Battle

When she moved to Yucca Valley in a secluded $570,000 home, many wondered about Heard's financial state.

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Heard and her sister Whitney grew up in a conservative Catholic household, though she became an atheist after losing her best friend in an accident at 16.

Heard Faces Career Ruin And Bankruptcy After Johnny Depp Battle

At 17, she dropped out of school and moved to New York to pursue modeling.

Another question is whether or not Heard is in a relationship with Eve Barlow, the daughter of a Scottish GP. Barlow tweeted "leave Amber Heard alone" a day before the verdict.

Heard became a mom via surrogate in April 2021 and lives with her daughter Oonagh Paige Heard.

The jury in Virginia awarded her on one out of three counts, finding that Depp, through Waldman (his former attorney), had defamed her when he suggested she and her friends had trashed the apartment they shared before calling the police.

Heard Faces Career Ruin And Bankruptcy After Johnny Depp Battle

Johnny Depp is celebrating by touring across the UK, with fans greeting him at every step. His post-verdict statement echoes, as it partially read:

"The best is yet to come, and a new chapter has finally begun. Truth never perishes."