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Johnny Depp Win "Never About Money" Amid Speculation He Won't Collect Payout From Amber Heard

Johnny Depp Win "never About Money" Amid Speculation He Won't Collect Payout From Amber Heard

One week after Johnny Depp won all three defamation claims in the case against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, his attorneys said that the win was "never about the money."

The jury in Fairfax, Virginia, awarded the actor $15 million for defamation. The judge reduced the punitive damages from $5m to $350k, so Amber, 36, now owns Depp, 58, $10.4 million.

Since she won on one count and was awarded $2 million, Depp's ex-wife owns him a total of over $8 million.

Depp's attorneys, Camille Vasquez and Benjamin Chew appeared on Good Morning America and spoke about one of the most talked-about trials in recent history.

Ben Chew said the verdict was a "total win for Johnny," suggesting that the actor might not pursue the damages.

The host, George Stephanopoulos, asked the lawyer:

"You all have said the goal is not to impoverish Ms. Heard. Is it possible we could see a settlement where she forgoes the appeal in return for Mr. Depp waiving any monetary damages?"

Chew replied:

"We obviously can't disclose any attorney-client communications, but as Mr. Depp testified and as we both made clear in our respective closings, this was never about money for Mr. Depp."

The lawyer added that it was about reestablishing his reputation, and "he's done that," Chew concluded.

He also said that Depp was "over the moon" once the verdict was read. Chew echoed what Johnny Depp's statement said:

"It was like the weight of the world had been taken off his shoulders. And I feel that finally, after six years, he's gotten his life back."

Camille Vasquez told the viewers about the "key" to winning this case, in her opinion, saying:

"The key to victory was focusing on the facts and the evidence and Johnny's opportunity to speak the truth for the first time. It was six years in the making, and I think he was able to connect with the jury and the general public."

Vasquez responded to Amber Heard's claims that the jury's decision is a "step back" for women and victims of domestic violence, saying she was "disappointed."

Vasquez stated:

"We're only speaking about what happened in this case. And the facts, in this case, were overwhelmingly positive for Johnny. And the verdict speaks for itself."

She concluded:

"I think our response to that is we encourage any victim to come forward, domestic violence has no gender."