Amber Heard chose not to ask for more money in Depp Divorce: Records
- Amber Heard chose not to ask for more money during her divorce from Johnny Depp.
- She was entitled to half of Depp’s earnings from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” according to recently unsealed court documents.
- It’s unclear how much Depp earned for the film, but it was likely tens of millions of dollars.
Amber Heard ignored her lawyers and chose not to seek more money in her divorce from Johnny Depp, recently unsealed court documents from their defamation lawsuit show.
More than 6,000 pages of court documents released over the weekend — the authenticity of which Insider confirmed to Fairfax County Circuit Court — showed claims submitted by attorneys for Heard and Depp in preparation for the defamation lawsuit.
Among the revelations, Heard was entitled to half of Depp’s earnings from the fifth ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film because he worked there during their marriage, and the money was therefore considered ‘community property’ in the film. state of California. .
While it was unclear when the email was written in 2016 how much the film would earn when released a year later, Heard’s attorneys noted that Depp earned more than $21 million for his first film “Pirates of the Caribbean” and more than 33 million dollars. for the fourth film in the franchise.
Heard’s lawyers made it clear that she was turning down big money when she decided not to invoke her right to half of Depp’s earnings from “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The email doesn’t explain why Heard didn’t want the money.
“Put simply…you are potentially leaving a lot of money (namely, tens of millions of dollars payable to you) on the table by foregoing your interest in Johnny’s substantive deals for projects he has worked on. during the wedding,” Heard said. the attorney, Samantha Spector, wrote in the email.
Spector then praised Heard for his apparent lack of interest in Depp’s money.
“Honestly, you’re amazingly true to your word, that it’s not about the money,” Spector wrote. “With immense respect, you are walking away from a lot of money.”
This evidence was excluded from Depp and Heard’s libel suit because Penney Azcarate, the presiding judge, had rejected the inclusion of any evidence related to their divorce proceedings, The Daily Beast reported.
Representatives for Depp and Heard did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Depp and Heard met on the set of the 2011 movie “The Rum Diary.” The couple married in 2015 and divorced in 2016 after a year of marriage. The fifth installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean, titled “Dead Men Tell No Tales”, was released in 2017.
Earlier this year, Depp sued Heard over a December 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she implied, without naming him, that she was a survivor of sexual and domestic violence. Heard and then counterattacked.
Jurors found Depp and Heard liable for defaming each other, but awarded Depp more damages.
Depp was awarded $15 million, including $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Heard won one of his three counterclaims and was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages.