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Johnny Depp Could Seize Amber Heard’s House, Assets If She Doesn’t Pay Damages

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The defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard ended on June 1 with the ruling in Depp’s favor, but Heard has yet to pay the court-ordered $10.35 million in damages.

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The day following the trial’s conclusion, Heard’s lawyer spoke on NBC’s “Today” about the trial. When asked if Heard could afford to pay her ex-husband, attorney Elaine Bredehoft said, “Oh, no, absolutely not.” She went on to say that the actress would be attempting to appeal the court’s decision.

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According to a lawyer who spoke to the New York Post, if Heard is unable to pay the court-ordered damages, Depp is within his rights to seize her assets.

“If she doesn’t have the money, then his avenue, while she’s pursuing an appeal, is to try to execute on property she owns,” or even her bank accounts, according to Virginia appellate lawyer Steven Emmert.

He then went on to explain that Depp can serve Heard with a summons for debtors interrogatories where, Emmert said, “you summon the debtor to come to a court and his lawyer would get to ask her questions saying ‘What property do you own, what real estate do you own, what vehicles do you own, what jewelry do you own, what art collections’ — anything else that they could use to grab and sell at auction to try to pay down and pay off, ultimately, this judgment.”

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According to litigator Brett Turnbull, judgments within Virginia are good for ten years with the possibility of an extension.

“[Heard] could be subject to this judgment for up to 30 years. If she suddenly had a new infusion of money — that can be discovered by [Depp] and pursued,” said Turnbull.

However, Virginia lawyer Jeremiah Denton said that if the actress doesn’t pay fast enough for Depp’s liking, he “can institute collection proceedings so he can garnish [Heard’s] pay, if she has a salary or wage-type income.”

“He can attach her assets which basically means seize them. He can get to her assets, sell them and take cash,” Denton said.

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Heard’s lawyers submitted a motion to set aside the trial verdict on Friday, July 1. 

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While Heard has been dealing with the aftermath of the trial, Depp has been seen out and about in the UK and Europe.

Later this summer, the actor will be releasing an album with friend Jeff Beck titled “18” and has recently announced 2023 tour dates for Europe with his band The Hollywood Vampires. 

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Additionally, there are rumors that Depp is currently in France to prepare to play King Louis XV in the upcoming period drama Jeanne du Barry. There is no word yet on if the 59-year-old will be asked back to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, although gossip is flying.