Amber Heard’s insurance company refuses to pay damages for defamation lawsuit
Amber Heard wants her insurance company to pay a portion of the damages she owes her ex-husband Johnny Depp after the defamation trial in May.
However, the company has steadfastly refused to cover any costs related to Heard’s tabloid libel case.
Here is everything you need to know.
Amber Heard’s insurance company says ‘no dice’ to cover damages
Amber Heard has a $1 million liability policy with New York Marine and General Insurance Company. She hoped that the organization would pay at least part of the bill for damages that she desperately needs to settle.
In addition, the policy includes different types of illegal conduct, including defamation. However, there is a clause that guarantees the right of the insurance company to refuse to pay.
The actress is covered by insurance issued under California law. Under California law, the insurance company may refuse to pay if the insured (Heard) committed ‘willful’ misconduct.
NYMGI has claimed that the jury in the high-profile case had ruled that Heard was not only guilty, but also called her libel “deliberate” and “malicious”.
Additionally, the insurance company now wants a statement from the judge that the Aquaman actress pre-planned the libel suit. The declaration will also give the company legal basis not to be responsible for a part of the foot of Heard’s invoice.
Amber Heard still owes more than $8.3 million to Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp filed a libel case against Amber Heard for a 2018 Washington Post op-ed.
In the post, the 36-year-old actress claimed to be a survivor of domestic abuse. Although Depp’s name was not mentioned in the article, he suffered the loss of his career when he was fired from big-budget movies like Pirates of the Caribbean and Disney’s Fantastic Beasts.
In the court filing, Depp claimed that Heard falsely accused him of being an abuser.
After six weeks of a gruesome trial, the jury announced its verdict on June 1. The juries voted unanimously in favor of the 59-year-old actor.
In addition, he received $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. However, Heard’s lawyers argued that the judge should reject the ruling as “excessive” and “indefensible.”
Regardless, Heard also received $2 million.
But the fact is that the actress still owes Depp more than $8.3 million in damages from the libel lawsuit.
Meanwhile, Depp is reportedly taking a much-needed vacation to Europe.