In paperwork obtained by Radar, the actress, 36, stated her ex-husband, 59, is "not entitled" to the $15 million in damages she was ordered to pay him because she believes his career was ruined years before she penned the op-ed for The Washington Post in 2018.
"Mr. Depp testified that the damage to his reputation was when Ms. Heard obtained the DVTRO [domestic violence temporary restraining order] on May 27, 2016 — for which he cannot be compensated," the filing reads, noting that during the defamation trial, the father-of-two acknowledged the restraining order and subsequent media attention caused him to lose "everything."
"Mr. Depp admitted that these articles were not because of Ms. Heard's Op-Ed (they could not have been), but rather, 'all started with Mr. Heard going to — going directly to a court to get a TRO,'" her team argues.
They also pointed out that the Edward Scissorhands star said the DVTRO "was the sort of [the] beginning of the ball rolling down the hill and gaining momentum."
The filing also mentions statements previously made by his lawyer Camille Vasquez.
Overall, Heard's team says their evidence proves that the court should "set aside the verdict."
"Amber considers her career in Hollywood over. She’s already in talks and is excited about it," the insider spilled. "At this point, she has nothing to lose and wants to tell all."
Meanwhile, Depp has put the ordeal behind him.
"He isn't even talking about the trial now. He filed the lawsuit, because he considered it necessary. He has moved on though. He is now able to get back to what he loves doing. He enjoys performing and has a busy summer ahead," shared the source. "He is also looking forward to continue working. He just wants his career back. He loves filming."