Amid her legal drama with ex-husband Johnny Depp, Amber Heard sold off her California desert home worth over a million dollars as she faces $10 million in damages.
In 2019, "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife for defamation following the release of an op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post.
Although Depp's name was not mentioned, the "Aquaman" actress portrayed herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. Ultimately, many linked her story to her marriage to Depp, which ended in 2016.
Amber Heard in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 3, 2022 | Source: Getty Images
As a result, the actor sued his ex-wife, demanding $50 million in damages. Heard retaliated by counter-suing him for $100 million. The case was heard at the Fairfax County Circuit courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, in April 2022.
During the court appearances, Depp maintained his innocence, insisting Heard was the perpetrator of domestic violence throughout their marriage.
According to him, filing the defamation lawsuit was not about the money he stood to gain but to clear his name and protect his children from the negative news they had to read about their dad.
Amber Heard leaves court during her civil trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court on April 25, 2022, in Fairfax, Virginia | Source: Getty Images
After a six-week trial, the court gave its verdict on June 1, 2022, awarding Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, later capped at $350,000. Heard's countersuit resulted in $2 million in damages for the actress, suggesting she and her ex-husband were guilty of defaming each other to some degree.
The jury ruled in favor of the "Fantastic Beasts" actor, further intensifying the social media hate and vitriol Heard received from Depp supporters. Shortly after the ruling, the actress's legal team admitted she could not afford the amount levied by the court.
AMBER HEARD’S INTENT TO APPEAL THE VERDICT
Amber Heard arrives at court during the civil trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court on April 19, 2022, in Fairfax, Virginia | Source: Getty Images
As expected, Amber Heard was unsatisfied with the jury's verdict. She insisted the massive hate and vitriol influenced their decision against her.
Her legal team also insisted that cameras in the courtroom and the suppressed evidence contributed to her losing the trial.
Ultimately, the 36-year-old decided to appeal the June 1 verdict. However, for an appeal to happen, the star is expected to clear the $10 million in damages she owes her ex.
During a sit-down with "Today" show's Savannah Guthrie in the wake of the Virginia court ruling, Heard's lawyer, Elaine Charleson Bredhoft, revealed the actress had no means of paying her debt. While this may seem like a dead end for the actress, Depp's legal team offered what some may consider a ray of hope.
When asked if the actor would forfeit the $10 million fee if Heard decided to forego her appeal, Depp's attorneys revealed the trial was never about the money. According to them, it was about restoring the actor's reputation, which they had successfully done.
Heard also had an interview with Guthrie in the wake of her huge loss. During the explosive session, she admitted to being scared of facing future lawsuits from her ex-husband no matter what she did.
"The Rum Diary'' star also admitted that her court battle with Johnny Depp made her feel less than a person. She had never felt more removed from her humanity than when she found herself battling to prove her innocence amid the widespread backlash.
The star deemed it the most humiliating and horrible thing she had ever dealt with. And it seems Heard started seeking possible ways of paying the amount.
Amber Heard leaves court during the civil trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court on May 27, 2022, in Fairfax, Virginia | Source: Getty Images
INSIDE THE CALIFORNIA MANSION AMBER HEARD SOLD
In what has been viewed as an effort to pay her debts, Heard secretly put her luxury home in the southern California desert for sale. The house, located in Yucca Valley, eventually went off the market for $1.05 million on July 18, 2022.
Outside view of Amber Heard's California desert home. | Source: Youtube.com/NewYorkPost
Amber Heard's California desert home's mountainside gazebo gives a full view of the surrounding wonders of nature. | Source: Youtube.com/NewYorkPost
The sale earned the actress about $500,000 in profit, having purchased it in 2019 for $570,000. The house has several unique features, including its secluded location.
A view of Amber Heard's California desert home's kitchen. | Source: Youtube.com/NewYorkPost
A view of Amber Heard's California desert home's kitchen breakfast bar. | Source: Youtube.com/NewYorkPost
Furthermore, the home boasts over 2,400 square feet of living space and a luxurious kitchen sporting an adjoining breakfast area and a wet bar.
One of the bedrooms in Amber Heard's California desert home | Source: Youtube.com/NewYorkPost
A view of the soaking tub in Amber Heard's California desert home | Source: Youtube.com/NewYorkPost
It has three bathrooms, three bedrooms, a huge tub, and a rain shower in the master bedroom, all located on 3 acres of serene desert land. The home connects to a mountainside gazebo using a 110-foot bridge, giving a full view of the wonders of nature.
A view of a bathroom in Amber Heard's California desert home | Source: Youtube.com/NewYorkPost
HEARD’S NEW TRIAL TAKES OFF IN FULL FORCE
Equipped with the proceeds from her profitable house sale, Amber Heard is ready to take on her ex-husband again. On Thursday, July 21, 2022, the actress filed her notice of intent to appeal at the Virginia Court of Appeal.
This time, the "Aquaman" star approached the case with hot, never-before-seen evidence to prove her innocence. Unsealed documents from the previous court battle unearthed several questionable claims that may again cast doubt on Depp's innocence.
The new documents include claims that Depp's legal team wanted to submit Heard's nudes into evidence in the televised trial. They also argued to exclude texts between Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp, saying the latter's then-wife Lindsay Usich "pulled an Amber on him." The lawyers didn't want their client to be found guilty by association.
Additionally, the unsealed court documents also alleged that Depp had erectile dysfunction, which may be a basis for his alleged rage and sexual violence against his ex-wife.
Amber Heard's legal team also tried clipping some evidence, including records of the actress working as an exotic dancer years before meeting Depp. This newly-unveiled evidence may lead to a turnaround in the ongoing legal drama between the estranged exes.
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