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Amber Heard Is ‘Broke’ Due To Mounting Legal Fees, Lavish Spending: Reports

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Amber Heard can’t pay the $10.4 million she owes Johnny Depp, her lawyer revealed Thursday — as sources told The Post the actress is “broke” due to hefty legal fees associated with the bombshell defamation trial.

“Oh, no, absolutely not,” Heard’s attorney Elaine Bredehoft told NBC’s “Today” when asked if the actress had the means to cover the hefty judgment handed down by the jury on Wednesday.

The high-profile court battle with her ex-husband has left the 36-year-old actress hurting for cash, according to sources, including one who also placed the blame on Heard’s past lavish spending, on travel, clothes, gifts and wine.

Multiple sources said the “Aquaman” star had to switch legal representation and is relying on her homeowner’s insurance policy to cover the cost of her current attorneys in the case.

The bill for Heard’s attorney has mostly been footed by The Travelers Companies under terms of the actress’s insurance policy, sources said.

A vice president of the insurance firm, Pamela Johnson, was spotted in the Fairfax, Virginia, court with Heard multiple times throughout her trial. Neither Johnson nor Travelers returned calls from The Post.

Pamela Johnson, a vice president of The Travelers Companies, was spotted multiple times in the courthouse with Amber Heard.
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Legal experts said using homeowner’s insurance policies is common in defamation cases.

“It’s a little oddity that most people don’t know. In most homeowner insurance policies, there is coverage if you are sued for defamation based on how much you pay through coverage,” Heather Heidelbaugh, a Pennsylvania trial attorney, told The Post.

While the insurance company then hires and pays for the attorney, Virginia lawyer Jeremiah Denton said most policies have a clause that stipulates that judgment costs won’t be covered.

“The insurance company will keep in its back pocket the option of denying coverage at the end of the day — denying coverage means refusing to pay the plaintiff, in this case Mr. Depp,” Denton said.

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Why Johnny Depp’s Upcoming Gregg Brooks Assault Trial Will Not Be Televised

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It has been reported that cameras have not been permitted to be in the courtroom for Johnny Depp's upcoming assault trial. Depp is pictured above testifying at the Fairfax County Circuit Court during his recent defamation trial on April 25, 2022. STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

When Johnny Depp returns to court next month to fight assault allegations, it will likely not become a spectacle reminiscent of his recent defamation trial, as requests for the proceedings to be televised have been denied.

During his six-week defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, viewers were able to tune in on a daily basis to catch all of the drama live as it was broadcast from Virginia’s Fairfax County Circuit Court.

This time around, Depp will face film crew member Gregg “Rocky” Brooks, who has accused the actor of punching him in the chest during a dispute on the Los Angeles set of the actor’s film City of Lies in April 2017. However, fans hoping for a front-row seat to the proceedings from the convenience of their homes will be disappointed to learn that this trial will not be a repeat performance of Depp’s previous trial in that regard.

The Law & Crime Network, which live-streamed Depp’s defamation trial, said that its request submitted to Los Angeles County Superior Court for permission to broadcast the trial when it begins on July 25 has been denied.

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The reasoning around permitting  or denying requests to broadcast courtroom proceedings for each case is different. Penney Azcarate, the chief judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court, granted permission for Court TV to operate two pool cameras in the courtroom for the Depp-Heard trial.

During a pre-trial hearing in February, Heard’s team had tried unsuccessfully to exclude cameras from the courtroom, with the Aquaman star’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, expressing concern of interest from “anti-Amber networks,” according to Variety.

Ben Chew, one of the attorneys representing Depp, said that his client “believes in transparency” as he pushed for the inclusion of cameras during proceedings. In the end, Azcarate said that she had been inundated with media requests and felt a responsibility to keep the courtroom proceedings open to observers.

The judge also stated that not allowing cameras could lead to reporters descending on the courthouse anyway, leading to a potentially hazardous situation.

“I don’t see any good cause not to do it,” Azcarate said ahead of the trial.

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Johnny Depp’s Legal Team Toast Victory

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On Wednesday 1 June, Johnny Depp won the $50-million defamation case against his ex wife Amber Heard.

Heard was sued for an opinion piece she published in The Washington Post. The court’s decision was much lower than initially demanded by Depp’s legal team as it ordered Heard to pay $10.35 million to him in damages.

After winning the defamation case, Depp’s legal team celebrated their  victory in New York Yesterday.

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Ireland Baldwin Calls Amber Heard ‘Disaster Of A Human Being’

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Ireland Baldwin has called Amber Heard an “absolute disaster of a human being” following a viral video where Heard admitted to have abused Johnny Depp.

During the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial, the court played an audio recording in which Heard could be heard admitting that she had hit Deppand explaining that she was not certain of all the details due to being “on an Ambien,” a medication primarily used for the short-term treatment of sleeping problems.

A video clip of Pirates of the Caribbean star Depp looking sullen as the recording was played in court went viral on Twitter, clocking up millions of views in the hours that followed the broadcast of the day’s proceedings.

Sharing a screenshot of the Twitter post on her Instagram Story, Baldwin, whose father is actor Alec Baldwin, expressed support for Depp as she gave her take on the matter.

“The thing is, I know women who are exactly like this,” read the text added to the screenshot the model shared. “They are manipulative and cold and they use their very womanhood to play victim and turn the world against the man because we live in a society where it’s cool to say men are all the worst and blah blah f***ity blah.

“Men can experience abuse too and this absolute disaster of a human being Amber Heard is a terrible person and I hope Johnny gets his reputation and his life back. And I hope he’s in like 5 Pirates movies.”

When the recording was played in court, Heard was heard telling Depp: “You told me to do it. You told me ‘go do that.'”

“You punched me in the f****** thing,” Depp responded in the viral clip.

“You figured it all out,” Aquaman star Heard added. “I didn’t punch you by the way.”

“I’m sorry that I didn’t hit you across the face in a proper slap,” she continued. “I was hitting you, I was not punching you. You’re not punched.”

“Don’t tell me what it feels like to be punched,” Depp said.

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