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Could Now Retracted 'Vindicated' Statement Cost Amber Heard Millions in Settlement Deal With Johnny Depp?

by Raphael Chestang and Zach Seemayer 3:25 PM PDT, August 17, 2016
Playing Could Now Retracted 'Vindicated' Statement Cost Amber Heard Millions in Settlement Deal With Johnny Depp?

Amber Heard reportedly settled for $7 million in her legal battle with Johnny Depp on Tuesday, but a subsequent apparently unauthorized statement from her team has some wondering if there could be a major reduction in her award.

After news of the settlement between the exes broke, Heard's attorneys, Samantha F. Spector and Joseph P. Koenig, released a statement expressing that they were "pleased" with the outcome of the case, saying in part that the 30-year-old actress had been "vindicated in the Court of Public Opinion."

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Later in the day, Spector fully retracted the statement, telling ET that the earlier comments were untrue and "made without the knowledge or approval of Amber Heard." Spector added an apology to Depp.

The situation seems reminiscent of Oksana Grigorieva's settlement with ex Mel Gibson in which the Russian singer-songwriter lost $500,000 of her $750,000 awarded money after she appeared on Howard Stern's radio show in 2013.

A judge ruled last week that Grigorieva violated a confidentiality agreement and "clearly implied that M.G. had committed domestic violence against her."

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Sources tell ET that the now-retracted statement by Heard's attorney will not change the previously agreed-upon settlement.

In fact, legal analyst Michael Kraut, who has no affiliation with either side of the Heard-Depp case, speculates it is possible that Heard could see more than $7 million when it's all said and done.

"You wouldn't imagine anybody divorcing Johnny Depp would only get seven million dollars," Kraut said.

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