Amber Heard perjury.
Amber Heard might face a perjury investigation, based on authorized consultants. Pic credit score: ©ImageCollect.com/Sarah Silbiger/CNP/AdMedia

Issues received tense with Amber Heard in courtroom as Johnny Depp’s lawyer grilled the actress a few $7 million donation she was speculated to make to charity. 

After she and Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp divorced in 2016, Amber claimed that she didn’t need Johnny’s cash. As an alternative, she stated she wished to donate her $7 million divorce settlement, cut up equally between the Kids’s Hospital Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Amber has testified in her present defamation trial that she was unable to donate the vast majority of the cash as a result of Johnny sued her. Nevertheless, she stated underneath oath throughout Johnny’s previous libel case within the UK Excessive Court docket that she had already made the donation.

Some commentators now say she might face a perjury probe over allegations she lied underneath oath, however authorized consultants admitted this could be exhausting to show and that she would doubtless not find yourself being prosecuted for it.

Amber Heard says she has not donated the entire $7 million she pledged

Throughout her testimony, Amber Heard addressed the charity donations and defined why she has not but made them.

Johnny Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez tackled the difficulty with Amber head-on.

She requested, “As of at present, you haven’t paid $3.5 million of your individual cash to the ACLU,” and “As of at present you haven’t paid $3.5 million of your individual cash to the Kids’s Hospital of Los Angeles?” 

Amber replied, “I’ve not but. Johnny sued me.”

Nevertheless, she continued by saying that she deliberate to honor her commitments as soon as she is now not being sued by Johnny.

She stated, “I absolutely intend to honor all of my pledges. I might love for him to cease suing me so I can.”

Johnny misplaced a libel case towards UK newspaper The Solar in November 2020 and through that trial, Amber testified underneath oath that she had donated the settlement.

Perjury is defined as “The offense of willfully telling an untruth in a courtroom after having taken an oath or affirmation.”

Nevertheless, perjury will be exhausting to show as a result of the prosecution should present that the individual in query deliberately lied underneath oath.

Lawyer Sean Caulfield, a associate on the legislation agency Hodge, Jones and Allen, told MailOnline, that Amber might in idea face a police probe.

“Whereas it will not be a central problem to the case [the donations], perjury is the one largest menace and cuts to the core of our justice system,” he stated. “So the police could also be invited to research to point out that any member of the general public who lies to the courtroom will be prosecuted for perjury.”

Nevertheless, he stated perjury is notoriously troublesome to show, and one other authorized knowledgeable stated a probe was unlikely to end in a prosecution as a result of legal professionals must show she knew what she stated was false.

Lawyer Mark Stephens advised the outlet, “It’s notoriously troublesome to deliver and prosecute a perjury case. It’s a must to present that somebody intentionally advised an untruth versus them being confused or misremembering. I feel it might be a really troublesome factor to do.

“Police might examine it, however they in all probability wouldn’t prosecute it.”

Johnny Depp sues Amber Heard for defamation

Johnny Depp filed a $50 million lawsuit towards Amber Heard in 2019 for defamation. The swimsuit got here as a result of, in December 2018, Amber Heard wrote an article for The Washington Post and referred to herself within the article as “a public determine representing home abuse.” 

Amber countersued for $100 million and claimed Johnny used the media to discredit her.