Amber Heard walked away from tens of millions of dollars in “Pirates of the Caribbean” money when she divorced Johnny Depp, court documents that recently revealed a defamation lawsuit of an ex-couple.
In recently disclosed legal filings verified by The Post, Heard, 36, lawyers said she could have received eight-figure damages given how much Depp, 59, was set to receive from Fifth installment of the Disney franchise.
The actor began filming “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” right after the couple married in 2015, and because the two had not signed a pre-contract, Heard was technically owed half of his earnings, according to the document.
But the Aquaman actress apparently refused to seek a share of the wages, saying she didn’t want Depp’s money, her lawyers wrote in the lawsuit.
In an email to Heard sent as an exhibit, lawyers called her, “Amazingly to your word it’s not about the money.” Heard maintained her marriage and her divorce to Depp was not about money.
Her attorneys stated at the trial that she took less cash than she could have earned during the split, against her attorney’s advice. She eventually reached a $7 million divorce settlement in 2016 that she pledged to donate to charity.
Having more money at the time would have helped Heard’s seemingly dire financial condition. Trial attorney Eileen Breedhot said during an interview after a jury delivered Depp a $10.35 million verdict that Heard was “bankrupt” and could not afford to pay.
The jury also awarded Heard $2 million over her allegations that Depp’s attorney made false and harmful comments about her. Both sides appealed the ruling.
Heard recently sold her Yucca Valley home, according to TMZ, where she earned a net worth of $1,050,000. She had bought the house in 2019 for about $570,000. Previously, it was reported that she was willing to seek solace there after losing the trial.
Depp’s agent had testified at the trial that the actor would have made $22.5 million for the sixth installment of the “Pirates” franchise had production begun. Depp was rumored to have made over $33 million for the fourth movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” so his paycheck for the fifth movie is likely to be in the same ballpark.
Not much detail surrounding the divorce proceedings went into trial, after Virginia Judge Benny Azcaret Fairfax refused to include the evidence.
But Depp’s lawyers did not pay the $7 million that Heard earned in the divorce that she pledged to donate to Children’s Hospital of California and the ACLU.
Heard said she actually made the donations, and later clarified under oath that she only pledged money, but didn’t pay it in full, in part because Depp sued her.
The collection of unsealed documents is filled with new details that never made it to courtroom proceedings.
Among the thousands of pages of documents are text messages between the actor and Marilyn Manson and his team’s apparent attempt to tease out Heard’s “brief stint as an exotic dancer” at trial.
The revealed documents also revealed that Depp’s lawyers struggled to rule out evidence related to Heard’s allegations that she was targeted by Russian “bots” in a negative social media campaign allegedly orchestrated by the actor.
Heard’s lawyers alleged that Depp took control of social media accounts to target them and that these “bots” worked to spoil business opportunities. They argued that Depp’s then-lawyer Adam Waldman had previously represented a high-ranking Russian businessman, hence the connection to the Kremlin.
Depp’s team successfully argued that Heard’s theory was implausible and that Waldman’s agents were not relevant to the case.