Another blow for Amber Heard because the insurance company does not want to pay damages to Johnny Depp
The Aquaman actress has been ordered to pay her ex-husband $17 million in damages. Photo/Getty Images
Amber Heard’s insurance company won’t pay damages to Johnny Depp.
The actress was ordered to pay her ex-husband US$10.35 million (NZ$17 million) in compensatory and punitive damages after a Virginia jury ruled that she had defamed when she wrote an article in 2018 about being the victim of domestic violence, when she was awarded $ 2 million in compensatory damages, and she hoped that her liability policy with New York Marine and General Insurance Co would see her not having to pay the bill.
However, while the policy covers various types of wrongful conduct, including defamation, TMZ noted that under California law — which governs the policy — an insurance company is not required to pay if the insured committed willful and willful misconduct, and the company noted that not only did the jury find Heard had committed willful defamation, but he was also found to be malicious.
New York Marine is seeking a declaration from the judge that, based on policy and law, they are not liable to pay damages for Heard.
Heard recently admitted she can understand why people might dismiss her and her ex-husband as ‘Hollywood boys’ for taking their differences to court, but she insisted there are had a lot more to it than a former couple airing their dirty laundry in public.
She said: “I wouldn’t blame the average person for looking at this and how it was covered up and thinking these are Hollywood kids at their worst.
“But what people don’t understand is that it’s actually so much bigger than that. It’s not just about our First Amendment right to speak.”
The 36-year-old star also said she was stunned by the “vitriol” directed at her on social media, and she went on to claim that she saw Depp fans lined up in the streets outside the courtroom holding placards with death threats.
She said: “Every day I would walk past three, four, sometimes six blocks lined with people holding signs that read ‘Burn the Witch’ and ‘Death to Amber’.
“After three and a half weeks, I spoke up and saw a courtroom full of Captain Jack Sparrow fans who were vocal and energetic.”