Amber Heard has a lot more to worry about than paying her $10.35 million defamation bill.
After humiliation in court, Amber Heard now faces banishment in Hollywood.
“Has Amber ever really worked in Hollywood?” a Hollywood producer sniffed at Page Six.
“What else has she actually been in, besides the… Aquarius movie? I don’t think she was ever really a hot ticket – Johnny made her interesting.”
Known for her Hitchcock blonde look, Heard was barely a household name when she hooked up with Johnny Depp on the set of The Rum Diaries in 2011.
This week, a jury ruled in Depp’s favor after a six-week defamation trial that had the entire world gripped — and found Heard had acted maliciously when she entered a 2018 Washington Post essay on being abused, and awarding Depp $10 million in damages.
Then, when Depp posted a statement on social media saying that the jury “gave me my life back,” celebrities who liked it were Zoe Saldana, Emma Roberts, Gemma Chan, Taika Waititi, Jennifer Aniston, Henry Golding, Riley Keough and LaKeith. Stanfield. Hollywood appeared to have turned on Heard, who claimed she was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of Depp, even before the trial was over.
“Believe all women…except Amber Heard,” Chris Rock burst out during a stand-up performance in May.
“I have no doubt that Johnny will emerge with his good name and beautiful heart revealed to the world,” Depp said dark shadows co-star Eva Green posted to Instagram on May 19.
As for Heard making her own comeback in Tinseltown, a senior studio source told Page Six, “I think it’s going to be really hard for her.”
Even some of the people she once saw as a support have fallen away. Sources told Page Six that Heard is no longer close to her ex-boyfriend Elon Musk.
In a statement, Jennifer Howell, a friend of Heard’s younger sister Whitney Henriquez and her late mother Paige, said that Paige — who died in 2020, aged 63 — told her that Musk was suing the actor over embryos they created together. .
In a statement seen by Page Six, Howell, Henriquez’s former employer at the charity The Art of Elysium, claimed: “Paige told me Amber said that Elon was controlling and abusive and that she was in a legal battle with him over embryo rights. they had created together. He wanted to destroy them and Amber tried to keep them to have a baby.”
Heard welcomed her daughter Oonagh Paige via surrogate in April 2021. While she has not publicly named the girl’s father, there is no evidence that it is the Tesla tycoon. Musk could not be reached for comment.
The SpaceX boss was also named on Heard’s witness list for the trial, but never testified. Although sources told The Post that Heard and Musk were arguing in some way, Musk tweeted to Heard and Depp late last month: “Hope they both move on. They’re all incredible at their best.”
At the trial, some of Heard’s former friends testified for her (although James Franco was on the witness list, he didn’t). Her ex-best friend and roommate, Raquel Pennington, said she was “afraid” of Heard, saying that Heard “often had to cover bruises and injuries to her face with makeup.”
But in her recorded statement, Pennington and the actor hadn’t spoken to each other in at least six months, as they had drifted apart after a Thanksgiving argument turned violent.
“I wanted to spend more time with other people in my life and prioritize other relationships,” Pennington said on the tape played in the courtroom.
“I wouldn’t consider her a friend,” she added. “We don’t speak. We are not enemies.”
But this was the only reason for Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, to say to the jury at the end of the trial, “This is a woman who burns bridges. Her good friends don’t show up for her. You may have noticed that no one showed up in this courtroom for Ms. Heard except her sister… every other witness who traveled to Virginia for her was a paid expert.
While Heard has a small, close-knit group of girlfriends, it’s also been a while since she’s lived in Los Angeles, having moved into a six-acre estate in the Mojave Desert that she bought in 2019.
Her group consists of her sister, ex-girlfriend Bianca Butti and Scottish journalist Eve Barlow.
Butti was in a relationship with Heard when the actor became a mother, although sources said Heard made the decision to be her daughter’s only parent.
After the verdict, the cameraman wrote on Instagram: “Amber is someone I am grateful to call a friend and no one, who stands up to speak the truth, should be treated like this. My heart goes out to her in this difficult time. times. Whatever happens #istandwithamberheard.”
Barlow, who was banned from the Virginian courtroom for allegedly texting and tweeting from the front row, tweeted that she would “always” have Heard’s back.
Depp was featured this week celebrating his win on a UK concert tour with guitarist Jeff Beck. Beetle juice 2†
“Johnny will definitely be working again,” the studio source said. “Amber can work again, [but] I think it will be more the indie route. I’m just not sure if studios want the liability to work with her.”
Although Heard is taking time off to be with her daughter, she will appear in two films: run away with mefor which no other cast has been announced, and in the firein which Heard is the most famous name.
At the trial, Depp testified that it was he who helped his ex-wife win the biggest role of her career, as Mera in Aquariusbut said he later warned the studio about her when he knew things would “end ugly” after their split.
According to the actor, Heard was concerned about shooting the film on location in Australia, given her previous legal problems there. In 2016, she was prosecuted for illegally bringing her dogs into the country.
The charges were eventually dropped, but fearing that the studio behind the film, Warner Bros., would still have reservations about casting her, Depp said he called them on her behalf.
“She asked if I – I had a multi-movie deal with Warner Bros., so we had done business together, so I knew these people – wanted to talk to them,” Depp testified. “I called and spoke to three senior Warner executives: Kevin Tsujihara, Sue Kroll, Greg Silverman.”
In another embarrassing moment, DC Films chief Walter Hamada testified that the studio was considering dropping her from… Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom due to her “lack of chemistry” with co-star Jason Momoa (who liked both Heard’s and Depp’s statements on social media this week).
After the ruling, Heard’s attorney Elaine Bredehoft said Heard would appeal.
When asked on the Today Showing whether Heard has the money to pay the $10.35 million awarded to Depp, Bredehoft said on Thursday: “Oh no, absolutely not.”
The high-profile lawsuit has resulted in the actor being hurt for money, according to sources, including someone who also blamed Heard’s lavish past spending on travel, clothing, gifts and wine.
Multiple sources said the star had to switch legal representation and her PR team and now relies on her homeowners insurance to cover the costs of her current attorneys in the case.
As The Post noted this week, sources said the bill for Heard’s lawyers was largely paid by The Travelers Companies under the terms of the actress’s insurance policy.
A vice president of the insurance company, Pamela Johnson, was seen several times in Fairfax, Virginia, with Heard during her trial. Neither Johnson nor Travelers called back.
An onlooker in the courtroom told Page Six: “After the verdict, Amber got up and stormed off. Her sister Whitney was in the front row and she got up, crossed the barricade and went out with her.”
Another film insider said of Heard: “The majority of people think she’s taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and so it’s a dangerous route for someone to hire her. She showed no remorse even when the case was unraveled in court.”
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