At this point, the drama surrounding the consequences of the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation case has probably become even more complex than the six-week process itself The jury has reached its verdict At the beginning of June there were further developments for both stars. Regarding Heard, she and her team are currently evaluating how she will pay the millions of dollars that Depp was awarded in court, while also exploring ways to appeal or even declare a mistrial. What’s more, it looks like the actress is now facing a brand new lawsuit filed by an insurance company.
The New York Marine and General Insurance Company is the company that Amber Heard is suing, per Law & Crime. The organization that assured Heard from July 2018 to July 2019 filed a lawsuit against her in California last Friday, hoping to accomplish three things. The first is to acquit herself of paying the star’s defense in her defamation case against Johnny Depp. The group also filed to avoid having to pay the money Heard now owes her ex, according to the verdict. And finally, it hopes to avoid the bill for further litigation related to an appeal.
The lawsuit alleges that during the aforementioned period, the Aquaman The actress was covered by a $1 million insurance policy. Under California Insurance Law, an insurer can actually be held liable for negligence on the part of the insured. However, New York Marine argues that “an insurer is not liable for damage caused by the intentional act of the insured[.]In other words, because a jury ruled that the starlet acted intentionally, the company feels it doesn’t have to compensate her. The filing also notes that NYM accepted the law firm of Cameron McEvoy as its defense in October 2019, but disagreed when the firm withdrew from the case in November 2020, allegedly at the behest of the actress herself or her team. Because of this change, the insurer does not believe it will have to shell out cash for legal fees.
The lawsuit reportedly states that the New York Marine insured Amber Heard during a key part of the defamation case. During this time she published the Washington Post of 2018 at the center of the litigation. This timeframe also includes March 2019, when Johnny Depp officially filed the defamation lawsuit against his ex-spouse.
After the case, Johnny Depp was awarded $10 million in compensation and $5 million in punitive damages. His ex, on the other hand, was awarded $2 million in her $100 million counterclaim. The amount of the punitive damages has since been reduced and Amber Heard must now pay $8.3 million, which her team says she cannot pay. (However, the star likely raised eyebrows when she was sighted on a private plane shortly after this statement.)
That friday night lights Alum appeared to be trying to appeal (around the time the Their representative made a bold comparison to the case). However, she and her legal team are now seeking a court case an alleged mistake by Juror 15. she redoubled on this effort in a lawsuit filed last week, alleging that the person who appeared at the courthouse is not the same person who was subpoenaed.
Meanwhile, Johnny Depp deals with his own financial and legal situation. That Pirates of the Caribbean star faces additional legal fees due to a recent court decision. Additionally, Depp is close to returning to court for assault related to his work on the 2018 film city of lies.
It is difficult to say how the aftermath of the defamation case will be resolved. However, if this recent lawsuit from the New York Navy is any indication, it may be a while before Amber Heard ties up loose ends of her own.