Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are in the middle of a trial (also in the media) in which he sued his ex-wife for defamation, after Amber spoke of violence against her. Depp always defended himself, saying that he would never use violence against her, but on the contrary, Heard would use violence against Depp.
The Virginia court is considering the case, but what does Amber Heard risk in the event of a defeat? Amber will not risk jail, because it is a civil process and not a criminal one: it is an economic process. Johnny Depp asks for 50 million in compensation, Amber Haerd asks for 100 million dollars, with Amber having to testify again on May 16, the trial will resume with Heard having to testify once again.
On May 27th there will be the last part of the hearing, in which the jury could issue its verdict.
What does Amber Heard risk if she is defeated in the process?
California Former Judge Halim Dhanidina said about the issue: "If Depp wins, there would be a chilling effect that would discourage other alleged victims from coming forward.
There has always been a chilling effect for the victims who would have to come forward and speak out against institutions, companies or people of power, because they feel that their world could collapse on him. In the event of a hypothetical Depp win, I'm sure there are people out there who would think twice before making statements if those claims could expose them to legal liability.
On the other hand, we don't want to create a world where people feel as if they can say what they want even if they know it's not true. A verdict will have a chilling effect in one way or another, regardless of what the verdict is."
Depp met the Amber Heard year before the set of The Rum Diary of 2014. The following year, on February 3rd, the couple got married with a civil ceremony in the actor's house in West Hollywood. In May 2016, after only 15 months of marriage, Heard filed for divorce from her Depp, claiming she suffered physical violence when he was drunk; the thesis was denied by the Los Angeles police, although the story is still controversial.
The couple concluded their divorce proceedings in August 2016, then formalized in January 2017. Heard obtained a $ 7 million divorce allowance.