Amber Heard was officially ordered to pay Johnny Depp $10 million for damaging his reputation

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Amber Heard must pay Johnny Depp $10 million to repair his reputation, as per official orders.

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The couple's lawyers did not reach an agreement, opening the way for an expensive appeals procedure.

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A judge from the case of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial has made an award of the jury official on Friday.

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by granting a written order to Heard to compensate Depp $10.35 million for sullying his image by describing herself as a victim of domestic violence in an opinion piece she wrote.

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The judge Penney Azcarate entered a judgment order in the court record following a brief trial before Fairfax County Circuit Court.

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She also directed Depp to make Heard $2.5 million which was the verdict of the jury in her counter-claim that Heard was slammed by one of Depp's lawyers.

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The decision was a formality following the jury had announced the verdict of June 1. 

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largely in favor of Depp after a thrilling trial during which the couple disclosed a slew of shocking details of their marriage in a live trial that was closely monitored by social media.

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Depp was sued by Heard for her op-ed from December 2018, which She wrote to The Washington Post describing herself as "a public figure representing domestic abuse."

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The jury ruled that Depp was the winner on three allegations pertaining to specific statements in the piece from 2018.

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Heard's team stated that she will appeal. "As was stated at yesterday's congressional hearings you don't need a pardon if your innocence is not proven.

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The jury ruled that Depp was entitled to compensation of $10 million along with $5 million punitive damages 

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however, the judge lowered the punitive damages amount to $350,000, as per the state's limit.

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In the hearing on Friday the judge clarified that in the event Heard is able to appeal the decision, 

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she has to make a bond of the total value of the $10.35 million judgment during the time that the appeal is pending as is the norm.

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The judge's order states that each award is subject to 6% annual interest per year.

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