You’ve almost certainly heard now that Johnny Depp won his defamation suit against Amber Hard last week.
Depp has sued his ex-wife for $ 50 million, alleging that he irreparably damaged his career through a 2018 Washington Post article in which he identified himself as a survivor of domestic violence.
The jury paid Johnny much less than $ 10.35 million.
Hard was awarded 2 million in damages, but he still owes 8.35 million to his ex.
Needless to say, this is a big financial burden for Amber.
Hard’s total value is estimated at just $ 1.5 million, which means that if his appeal fails, he could file for bankruptcy in the future.
Of course, there are many supporters of Hard who think he was victimized first by Depp and then by a three-ring circus of justice that was more about fame than justice.
So it was no surprise when a GoFundMe account appeared with the stated goal of raising money for Hard.
But the surprise was when the account disappeared after collecting hundreds of donations in a matter of days.
So have GoFundMe administrators joined Johnny’s team?
Well, not right.
The account was created by Kimberly Moore, with whom Amber does not appear to have any connection.
GoFundMe did not provide many details, but apparently they had reason to believe that the money being collected would not go to Horde.
“I believe Amber, and social media has protected the abuser. The verdict has exceeded its total value,” Moore wrote on the site.
“It simply came to our notice then.
Sounds sincere, but we’re guessing GFM’s people are pretty good at finding fake accounts.
In fact, they say they have already shut down several more fraudulent pages that claim to be raising money for Heard.
And unfortunately, if Amber decides to try to raise money online, it will be even harder for her to do so now, because potential donors will be wary of scams.
This is the latest in a long line of legal and financial headaches for Hardy, who has been on and off the court almost nonstop since 2016 and Depp returned to their separate ways.
Depp’s attorneys noted in their closing argument on May 26 that it had been six years since Hard had filed a temporary restraining order while Depp was promoting his film Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Europe.
Depp’s team argued that Hard Depp waited until he was out of the country and brought his preacher to court to file a TRO, a sign of foul play.
They called a former TMZ employee to the stand who testified that the site had been informed that Amber would submit documents to the court that day.
No one did anything on that fateful day in 2016, the beginning of a six-year chaotic legal battle.
And the fight is far from over.
Heard is expected to file an appeal, which means we will be able to sue again in the very near future.
This time, however, Hard’s team is expected to do everything in their power to ensure there are no television cameras in the courtroom.