Actress Amber Heard has secretly sold her Southern California home for a big profit after losing her defamation lawsuit.
TMZ has reported that the 36-year-old actress has begun raising some of that money by selling her Yucca Valley home in the California desert for $1.05 million, a profit of about $500,000 for her, with a closing date of July 18. She reportedly bought the property back in 2019 through an anonymous trust associated with her, aceshowbiz.com reports.
There is speculation about Heard’s ability to immediately cover the damages, including $10 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages. She will also receive $2 million from Depp in a counter suit, leaving her with just over $8 million to pay.
The reports that Heard had sold her house came just days after she appealed against Depp in the libel suit. The appeal was filed despite Heard’s rejection of her request for a new trial.
Depp’s representatives reiterated their confidence that the payout decision would not be reversed.
On July 21, in the wake of Heard’s appeal, a Depp spokesperson told the Daily Mail: “The jury listened to the extensive evidence presented during the six-week trial and reached a clear and unanimous verdict that the defendant himself Mr. Depp in multiple instances. We remain confident in our case and that this verdict will stand.”
In early July, Heard’s lawyers asked the judge to declare a mistrial. They argued that one of the jurors in the case should not have been eligible because his subpoena was intended for his father, who had the same name and address.
The request was denied with Judge Penny Azcarate ruling that there was “no evidence of fraud or misconduct” by the juror and the jury’s verdict should stand. She also noted that both sides questioned and accepted all jurors at the beginning of the trial.
Heard has said she is unable to pay the fortune in damages to Depp, which was awarded after a jury ruled that she defamed her ex in a newspaper opinion piece published in 2018.
The ‘Zombieland’ actress won just one of her three counterclaims.