More than 6,000 pages of court documents used in the defamation lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were unsealed, with The daily beast reporting that Heard’s team claimed in pre-trial documents that they suffered financial losses in the range of ‘$47-50 million’ over a ‘3-5 year period’ as a result of the statements defamatory statements by Depp against him. Heard’s team also argued that his acting stature was “comparable” to Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, Zendaya, Ana de Armas and Chris Pine.
Elsewhere, newly unsealed court documents reveal Heard walked away from “tens of millions of dollars” by refusing to accept the money Depp made with the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. The sequel was filmed during Depp and Heard’s marriage, making it “community property” and giving Heard half of the revenue generated. The Daily Beast notes that Depp made $33 million with the fourth “Pirates” movie, so he likely matched that or made even more on a fifth movie. Heard refused to accept the money during her divorce proceedings, all evidence of which was excluded from use in the defamation suit.
According The daily beast, the unsealed documents also reveal that Depp’s team fought to keep Marilyn Manson’s name out of the libel suit. The team argued that “references and evidence regarding Marilyn Manson” would “smear Mr. Depp under a guilt-by-association theory.”
Heard’s team, meanwhile, urged the judge to dismiss a number of “irrelevant personal matters” that Depp’s team was apparently going to raise and use against her. Heard’s team alleged that “Mr. Depp inappropriately seeks to introduce evidence “which included” (1) nude photos of Amber Heard; (2) the reality video of Amber Heard’s sister Whitney; (3) Whitney and Amber’s past romantic relationships; (4) Amber’s brief stint as an exotic dancer years before she met Mr. Depp and Mr. Depp attempting to frivolously and maliciously suggest or imply that Mrs. Heard was at one time a escort.
The defamation lawsuit ended on June 1. Jury ordered Heard to pay Depp $10.35 million in damages ($10 million compensatory damages and $350,000 punitive damages) after finding she defamed him when she wrote a 2018 Washington Post op-ed alluding to her past allegations of domestic violence. Although the verdict jury sided more with Depp, it still ruled that Depp defamed Heard during the fight against his charges. The jury awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages for his counterclaim.
Understood filed a notice of appeal earlier this month.