Amber Heard can't file for bankruptcy to wipe $15 million she now owes Johnny Depp

By declaring bankruptcy, Amber Heard cannot avoid paying her ex-husband Johnny Depp.

Heard was found guilty of defaming the actor in a Washington Post op-ed published in 2019.

Johnny Depp won his lawsuit against Amber Heard after a jury ruled in his favor

The statement was published maliciously to imply that Heard had not told the truth.

The actress was awarded $15 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

Depp's lawyer was awarded $2 million in the countersuit. However, Virginia only permits $350,000 in punitive damages, so the $5 million will be reduced.

After Depp sued her, Heard's acting roles dried up, and she also won't be able to discharge the debt through bankruptcy.

Ronald Richards, a Los Angeles-based lawyer, told that punitive damages are never deductible or dischargeable, and intentional torts like defamation are rarely dischargeable.

While she has not spoken about her legal options, it seems highly likely that her team will appeal in order to reduce the award or overturn the verdict.

After the verdict was read, Depp issued a statement thanking the jury for giving him his "life back."

"I am disappointed I lost this case, but I am more disappointed that I have lost a right I believed I had as an American - to speak freely and openly," she said.

In his lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, Johnny Depp won a Virginia jury's verdict on Wednesday...",