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Amber Heard’s lawyer reveals that the actress can’t pay the $8 million she owes Depp

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Amber Heard’s lead attorney has spoken out after her stunning loss in the civil suit, saying the actress cannot pay the $8.35 million in damages she owes Johnny Depp.

Attorney Elaine Charlson Bredhoft, who represented Heard at the trial, appeared on the… Show today on Thursday, saying Heard has “excellent grounds” to appeal the verdict and plans to do so.

When asked if the Aquaman actress would be able to pay the damages she owes Depp after a jury justified his claims that she lied by accusing him of abuse during their marriage, Bredhoft replied, “No, absolutely. not.’

In a blockbuster verdict, a Virginia jury on Wednesday awarded Depp more than $10 million in damages. In a split decision, Heard also won a $2 million verdict against Depp, owing him just over $8 million.

Attorney Elaine Charlson Bredhoft, who represented Heard at the trial, appeared on the Today Show on Thursday and said Heard has “excellent grounds” to appeal.

Amber Heard's lead attorney has spoken out after her astonishing loss in the civil suit, saying the actress is unable to pay the $8.35 million in damages she owes Johnny Depp

Amber Heard’s lead attorney has spoken out after her astonishing loss in the civil suit, saying the actress is unable to pay the $8.35 million in damages she owes Johnny Depp

“It’s terrible news. It is a setback, a major setback, because that is exactly what it means,” Bredhoft said of the verdict.

“Unless you pull out your phone and film your spouse or significant other hitting you, effectively, you won’t be believed.”

The lawyer insisted the jury in the case had been influenced by public opinion, including on social media, despite strict orders from the judge not to read about the case outside of court.

“There’s no way they couldn’t have been influenced. It was horrible. It was really, really one-sided,” Bredhoft said of public sentiment to Heard in the case. “It’s like the Roman Colosseum, the way they looked at this whole thing.”

Bredhoft said Depp’s legal team had tried to “demonize amber and suppress the evidence.”

“We had withheld an enormous amount of evidence in this case that was in the British case,” she said, referring to Depp’s libel suit against the sun, which he lost. “In the British case, when it came in Amber won, Mr Depp lost.”

A jury sided with Johnny Depp in his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard on Wednesday

A jury sided with Johnny Depp in his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard on Wednesday

“It's terrible news.  It is a setback, a major setback, because that is exactly what it means,

“It’s terrible news. It is a setback, a major setback, because that is exactly what it means,” Bredhoft said of the verdict.

During the trial, Bredhoft took on Johnny Depp's attorneys Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez, seen above before the verdict was handed down Wednesday.

During the trial, Bredhoft took on Johnny Depp’s attorneys Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez, seen above before the verdict was handed down Wednesday.

When asked if the verdict meant the jury simply didn’t believe Heard, Bredhoft doubled in and replied, “That’s because she was demonized here.”

“There were some things that were allowed in this court that shouldn’t have been allowed and it caused confusion for the jury,” she said.

Bredhoft said Heard felt the “burden” of Wednesday’s verdict.

“One of the first things she said is, I’m so sorry to all those women out there. This is a setback. For all women in and outside the courtroom. And she feels — she feels the burden of that,” the lawyer said.

The verdicts put an end to a televised trial that Depp had hoped would help restore his reputation, though it turned out to be a spectacle that offered a window into a cruel and dysfunctional marriage.

Heard, who was stoic in the courtroom when the verdict was read, said she was heartbroken.

“I am even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It’s a setback. It sets the clock back to a time when a woman who spoke out and spoke out could be publicly humiliated. It puts back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously,” she said in a statement on her Twitter account.

Actress Amber Heard leaves the Fairfax County courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia on Wednesday after jury rules in favor of her ex-husband Depp

Actress Amber Heard leaves the Fairfax County courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia on Wednesday after jury rules in favor of her ex-husband Depp

Johnny Depp Signs Affidavit After A Jury Validates His Claims Against Amber Heard

Johnny Depp Signs Affidavit After A Jury Validates His Claims Against Amber Heard

Depp, who was not in court on Wednesday, said: “The jury gave me my life back. I’m really humiliated.’

“I hope my quest to tell the truth has helped others, men or women, who are in my situation and that those who support them never give up,” he said in a statement on Instagram.

Depp sued Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure who represents domestic violence.” His lawyers said he was defamed by the article, even though his name was never mentioned.

The jury ruled in favor of Depp on all three of his allegations related to specific statements in the 2018 piece.

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