According to reports, Heard sold her house in California just a couple of months after being ordered to pay $8.35 million.
On Wednesday, June 1, seven legal hearers in Fairfax, Virginia, decided for the 59-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean entertainer and granted him more than $10 million in punitive fees.
The actress was found guilty of defaming the actor in an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post.
Heard was ordered to pay her ex- husband $8 million in damages and $350,000 in compensation, however, she claimed that she didn’t have the funds to pay the full amount.
The actress sold her home in the California desert for more money than she paid for it.
It is not known if her decision to sell the home is related to the amount of money she owes the actor, or if it is just a coincidence.
According to the legal team for the actress, she can’t pay the $8.35 million.
Heard’s team appealed against the ruling on July 21, saying there were errors made during the trial that discouraged the jury from reaching a just and fair verdict.
The Edward Scissorhands actor filed an appeal against the court’s decision to award Heard $2 million in punitive damages because one of his attorneys was found liable for defamation.
Heard had argued that one of the jurors shouldn’t have been allowed to serve on the case.
Her team said that the juror summons was intended for his father, who lives at the same address.
According to newly-unsealed court documents obtained by The Daily Beast, Heard may have walked away from a divorce settlement that could have been as high as $16 million.
According to the outlet, she overlooked advice from her legal team to pursue the maximum cash after they filed for divorce.
The actress’ attorneys wanted her to pursue what they felt was tens of millions of dollars because she was allowed to through her ex-husband’s Pirates of the Caribbean profits.
They claimed that because Pirates of the Caribbean 5 was made during the marriage, it was community property and an asset to which she was entitled.