No, it was about clearing his name.
All Johnny Depp wanted to do with this trial – that he won – was to clear his name so that he could get his life and his career back.
When Amber Heard wrote that op-ed piece for The Washington Post back in 2018 it pretty much ruined Depp’s career.
He was dropped by almost every Hollywood movie studio.
Depp was dropped by Disney and booted out of the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise.
He was then removed from Fantastic Beasts 3 as Grindelwald by Warner Bros. Pictures.
The interesting thing about all of this is that Depp might have really dodged a bullet by no longer being part of those two franchises.
God knows what’s going to happen to the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise sans Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow.
And, even though I thought that Depp’s replacement as Grindelwald – Mads Mikkelsen – was a better choice for the role, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore really bombed at the box office.
It was never about the money for Johnny Depp
However, what Heard’s claims against Depp did was mean that studios didn’t want to hire the actor for new roles in upcoming movies.
Depp had to produce movies himself in order to get some work and since 2018, he really hasn’t been in much.
So, when the jury in Fairfax, Virginia ended up awarding the actor a grand total of $15 million in damages, it wasn’t the money that Depp was after.
He wanted the truth to come out and clear his name so that he could get back to work and back to his life.
Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear Depp’s lawyers – Ben Chew and Camille Vasquez – say in a recent interview with Good Morning America that the actor is willing to forego the damages.
“He was over the moon … I feel that finally after six years he's gotten his life back.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 8, 2022
However, they did state that he would only do it if Amber Heard agreed to drop her appeal.
The total amount that Amber Heard has been ordered to pay Depp ended up being $8.35 million.
Attorney Ben Chew said the case was “never about money” for Mr Depp.
Will Amber Heard drop her appeal against Johnny Depp?
The show’s interviewer asked the lawyers: “You have said that the goal was not to impoverish Ms Heard – is it possible that we could see a settlement where she foregoes the appeal in return for Mr Depp waving any monetary damages?”
“This was about restoring his reputation and he has done that,” Mr Chew said.
“So you’re not disclosing any privileges, but it sounds like that’s something that could be on the table but it’s up to Ms Heard?” the interviewer asked.
“We have to be careful what we say, but this was about Mr Depp’s reputation, that’s what it was about for him,” Mr Chew replied.
The lawyers said Mr Depp was “over the moon” when he was told about the verdict.
“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,” Mr Chew said.
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