Amber Heard has announced her decision to settle ex-husband Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit. But despite the deal, an insider revealed the Pirates of the Caribbean actor just wanted to get the truth out and had no plans to destroy his former wife.
Depp sued Heard for defamation after she wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post in 2018. A high-profile trial followed in June in Virginia, in which the A-list actor defeated the Aquaman star.
A source close to the 59-year-old said Peoplethat the actress decided on a settlement for financial reasons and because of the judgment passed against her. The 36-year-old wanted to make sure she wasn’t in the spotlight this time around as the case had a significant impact on her.
The insider went on to say that this sentence against Heard won’t go away, but Depp has kept saying it’s not his intention to destroy the Never Back Down star. He doesn’t care about money either, because what he wants is the truth.
Depp’s attorneys, Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez, also released a statement to People to address Heard’s settlement. They said they were pleased to formally close the door on this painful chapter in their client’s life.
They added that Depp has always made it clear that he wanted to get the truth out, stressing that the jury’s unanimous decision and resulting verdict remain in full force. Heard’s $1 million payment will also go to charities, showing her appreciation for ending the legal system’s rigorous pursuit of justice.
Heard will pay Depp $1 million after she announced the settlement out of court on Monday, December 19. However, she clarified that her decision was not a concession but a result of losing faith in the American legal system.
First, she appealed the defamation verdict in November, asking the jury to reverse the decision on her June trial or to try an entirely new trial. She explained that even if her appeal is approved in the US, the best outcome would be a retrial, and she cannot afford that again.
She promised that she would never be threatened, discouraged or dissuaded from speaking the truth after what happened. No one can and will take that away from her, because her voice will forever remain the most valuable asset she has, Head continues.