New twist in Heard-Depp drama

Documents seen by the Daily Beast show Heard’s lawyers begged her to pursue her ex for “tens of millions of dollars”.Depp, 59, had shot the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie during their marriage and therefore Heard was entitled to half the income, her lawyers argued.But the 36-year-old actress refused, leading her lawyers to tell her via email that she was being “amazingly true to your word that this is not about the money”.The pre-trial documents for the defamation case also reveal Depp’s legal team wanted to show nude photos of Heard and evidence of her “brief stint as an exotic dancer” years before she met Depp, according to the Daily Beast.However, the judge in the defamation trial denied the inclusion of any evidence related to their divorce proceedings.Depp filed a $A74m defamation lawsuit against Heard in 2019 after she wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post about surviving domestic violence. She countersued him for $A148m in 2020.While Heard did not name Depp in the piece he alleged that his ex-wife, to whom he was married from 2015 to 2017, fabricated abuse allegations in an attempt to score a large divorce settlement and thus damaged his career.Depp in June won an award of $10m in the defamation case against Heard, while she won $2m in damages after counter-suing.The Aquaman actress is appealing against the verdict of the jury trial, which was live-streamed to millions and featured lurid and intimate details about the former couple’s private lives.Depp previously lost a libel case against the British tabloid The Sun in London in 2020 for calling him a “wife-beater”.Heard said she doesn’t have enough cash to pay Depp.She may have raised a portion after recently selling her Yucca Valley house in California’s desert for $1.05m, reports TMZ.The development comes after Mickey Rourke labelled Heard a “gold digger”.“(I’ve known) Johnny for many years, but I don’t really know him intimately,” the Sin City star, 69, said on Piers Morgan Uncensored.When Morgan asked whether Rourke believed Heard was a gold digger, the actor replied, “Abso-f–king-lutely. Absolutely.”– additional reporting AFP

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