Actress Amber Heard could face a multi-million-pound bill from ex-husband
Heard, 32, faces the huge demand because after she and Depp, 55, divorced in 2017, she was given a £5 million settlement – on the condition that she signed a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA, gagging her from talking about their split.
But now she could enter the witness box to give evidence against the actor – and Depp could then ask for his money back.
Heard (left), 32, faces the huge demand because after she and Depp (right), 55, divorced in 2017, she was given a £5 million settlement – on the condition that she signed a non-disclosure agreement
The case relates to an article in The Sun newspaper last year which questioned why Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling allowed the Pirates Of The Caribbean star to be cast in her film Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them.
Depp is suing the newspaper for libel. Last week he successfully challenged its attempts to delay the case until he stated in writing that he would not sue Heard if she appeared as its witness.
Despite the £5 million risk, Amber appears undeterred. A source tells me: ‘She really wants to do what is right.’
The UK court row comes hot on the heels of Depp filing a £38 million defamation lawsuit against Heard in the US last week, calling abuse allegations she made in a US newspaper article last year ‘an elaborate hoax’.
Her lawyer, Eric M. George, yesterday described the lawsuit in the US as a ‘frivolous action’ and added: ‘This is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard. She will not be silenced.’
Despite the £5 million risk, Amber (pictured with Depp in 2016) appears undeterred. A source tells me: ‘She really wants to do what is right.’
One insider questioned the timing of Depp’s US action, suggesting it could be a direct response to Heard’s apparent decision to appear in the UK case.
NDAs are usually not breached if one party is compelled to give evidence, but as Heard is choosing to appear, Depp could indeed try to get his cash back.
After their split, she donated some of the £5 million to a children’s hospital in Los Angeles and a civil liberty campaign group.
Depp and Heard, below, met in 2011 when they co-starred in the movie The Rum Diary, and married in 2015. But they split a year later and pictures were published of bruises on Heard’s face, allegedly caused by Depp throwing his phone at her.
Heard later dated billionaire inventor Elon Musk, but they split in 2018. Depp was previously married to actress and singer Vanessa Paradis, with whom he has two children.
Katherine: Why I give my children the silent treatment
Singer Katherine Jenkins is so dedicated to her work that she refuses to speak to her children for up to three days at a time to protect her vocal cords.
The mezzo-soprano reveals that she communicates with Aaliyah, three, and one-year-old Xander only by gestures the day before a performance, on the day itself and also for 24 hours after.
Singer Katherine Jenkins (pictured) is so dedicated to her work that she refuses to speak to her children for up to three days at a time to protect her vocal cords
‘My kids have grown up knowing not to talk to me on certain days. I will not answer,’ Katherine confessed to me at Decca Records’ 90th anniversary party.
‘I make little gestures like tapping my heart to say I love you and picking up a cup to ask if they want a drink. They are used to it – they don’t know any different.’
Katherine’s next tour kicks off at the end of April.