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Reason Johnny Depp ‘May Waive’ $10Million Damages From Amber Heard

Johnny Depp Amber Heard Verdict: A verdict has been reached by the jury after a six-week trial, which began on April 14.
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The reason Johnny Depp ‘may waive’ the $10million damages a jury ordered Amber Heard to pay him has been hinted at by his lawyers

Although it hasn’t been confirmed that he will do this, Benjamin Chew, who represented him during the high-profile case, has suggested the actor may decide to because ‘it was never about the money’ for him.

During an appearance on Good Morning America, host George Stephanopoulos asked the attorney what would happen if Depp didn’t demand the money.

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He replied: “We can’t disclose 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.

“This was about restoring his reputation and he’s done that.”

After he was asked for clarification, Chew continued: “We have to be careful what we say but this was about Mr Depp’s reputation, that’s what this was about for him.”

Jurors found that Heard defamed the Pirates of the Caribbean star with a 2018 article for The Washington Post and ordered her to pay a total of $15m in damages.

$10m was awarded in compensatory damages, and a further $5m in punitive damages, but the latter was reduced to $350,000 due to a cap in the state of Virginia.

Heard was also given $2m in compensatory damages because of a claim made by Depp’s lawyers.

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It comes as a former Disney executive supposedly told People magazine that he thinks the 58-year-old actor will return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise for the sixth movie.

The executive, who remains unnamed, apparently claimed that there is a ‘huge appetite’ for bringing back old Hollywood stars.

They reportedly said: “I absolutely believe post-verdict that Pirates is primed for rebooting with Johnny as Captain Jack back on board.
“There is just too much potential box-office treasure for a beloved character deeply embedded in the Disney culture.”

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