Depp was ordered to pay ACLU $38,000 after winning a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
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Johnny Depp orders ACLU to pay $38,000
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is demanding $38,000 from Johnny Depp for his attorney’s fees.
The organization allowed attorneys to present evidence that Depp had subpoenaed and used Amber Heard in a defamation lawsuit.
During the trial, the ACLU initially demanded $86,000 from the Pirates of the Caribbean actor as compensation for the production costs.
ACLU is said to have reviewed more than 7,500 documents and submitted 2,000 papers.
ACLU’s attorney Stephanie Teplin argued that $86,000 was ‘a significant cost for responding to cumbersome subpoenas provided by Mr. Depp in a primary suit to which ACLU or its employees are not parties’.
Teplin added that the actor had requested thousands of documents over six years as evidence to use in the lawsuit.
#Johnny Depp ordered to pay #ACLU $38,000 in time and costs associated with producing court documents. ACLU originally asked JD to pay $86,000, and an attorney named BS said the tab was “excessive and unreasonable.” The judge sided with JD and cut the bill in half. #Amber Heard pic.twitter.com/BwsATupU5
— JenBYo (@JenYoung1981) July 2nd, 2022
Nevertheless, Depp’s attorneys brought the ACLU’s request to the New York State Supreme Court in early June.
Brown Rudnick’s Jessica Meyers refused to pay $86,000, saying the ACLU’s original request was ‘excessive and unreasonable’.
On Friday, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that the ACLU should receive $38,000 from the star.
After the verdict, an ACLU spokesperson said, ‘We are pleased that the court has recognized that ACLU has complied with Mr. Depp’s request and has done so at great expense.’
On the other hand, Meyers said, ‘They [ACLU] The Virginia jury was responsible for drafting and placing a commentary that had just been found to be defamatory to Mr. Depp.’
How did ACLU help Johnny Depp in defamation trial?
In 2016, Amber Heard publicly declared that the divorce settlement would be divided equally and donated to charities. ACLU was supposed to receive $3.5 million.
Heard’s cross-examination revealed that the actress had not yet kept her promise to the ACLU.
Additionally, several witnesses from the ACLU testified in Depp’s favor through a horrific six-week trial.
It also turns out that the Aquaman star was helped by the ACLU in writing a 2018 article.