Just weeks after the verdict in the civil lawsuit between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard, the actress could face a new trial.
As the “LA Times” reports, Heard’s insurance company “New York Marine and General Insurance Co.” does not want to pay out any money to the 36-year-old after the lost process.
The insurance company finally filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in California on Friday. A new procedure should finally clarify whether the actress is entitled to money from her insurance after the lost lawsuit or not. According to the “LA Times”, it should be about the sum of one million US dollars. A spokesman for Heard has so far declined to comment.
In a week-long court case, the two Hollywood stars Johnny Depp and Amber Heard accused each other of violent assaults during their marriage.
Amber Heard spoke to The Washington Post in 2018 about her past experiences of domestic violence. Johnny Depp then filed a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife because Heard’s comments are said to have ruined his reputation. The accused also quickly countered with a lawsuit for defamation.
During the six-week negotiations, Heard’s impressive descriptions of domestic violence in particular aroused public interest. Depp is said to have lost the tip of his middle finger in a physical altercation in 2015.
At the sentencing hearing in June, the actress was eventually found guilty of defamation and ordered to pay a total of $10.35 million. Johnny Depp, on the other hand, was supposed to make a payment of $2 million.
After the verdict was announced, Heard tweeted: “The disappointment I feel today is beyond words.”
As the “LA Times” reports, Amber Heard and the insurance company are said to have agreed on an insurance policy in 2019. According to the contract, the compensation payments should cover a sum of up to one million dollars.
However, the “New York Marine” now refuses to pay for the costs, citing Section 533 of the California Insurance Act.
The law states that “an insurer shall not be liable for damage caused by an intentional act of the insured”. The New York Marine argues that the jury in the previous trial had already established beyond a reasonable doubt that Amber Heard acted intentionally and willfully.