Amber Heard and Johnny Depp

Amber Heard could get another lawsuit from Johnny Depp, expert says. Image via @yargilamag/Instagram

Another trial? Johnny Depp could sue Amber Heard again — Here’s why

Amber Heard may have landed herself in hot water and could be seeing herself going up against her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, once again.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp

Amber Heard could get another lawsuit from Johnny Depp, expert says. Image via @yargilamag/Instagram

Hollywood actress Amber Heard could be receiving another lawsuit from her ex-husband Johnny Depp’s lawyers, expert says.

Following her interview on the Today show which was pre-recorded on Thursday 9 June and is airing throughout this week, entertainment lawyer Nicole Haff told Daily Mail that Depp has grounds to sue for defamation for the third time. This comes after Heard “republished” claims that the Pirates of The Caribbean actor physically abused her.

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During Heard’s sit-down interview with Savannah Guthrie which will be airing in full on Friday on NBC’s Today show, the Aquaman actress did not back down from her claims of abuse, even after a Virginia jury sided with Depp and agreed she defamed him.

“To my dying day, I will stand by every word of my testimony,” the 36-year-old actress told Savannah Guthrie during the interview that aired Tuesday.

As the interview progressed, Guthrie pointed out that Depp, 59, said he never hit Heard, then asked: “Is that a lie?”

“Yes it is,” Heard responded.

She also seemed to admit that she physically abused Depp, but claimed she was “responding” whenever she did it.

“I never had to instigate it. Iresponded to it. When you are living in violence it becomes normal. As I testified to, you have to adapt.”

After a six-week legal battle between the former Hollywood power couple, a US jury awarded Depp more than $10 million (around R160 million) in damages for defamation, in contrast to just $2 million (R32 million) for Heard who had counter-sued.

Depp sued Heard over a Washington Post op-ed in which she did not name him, but described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

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While Heard’s words in the interview may have been an expression of her feelings, especially after the court did not rule in her favour, Haff revealed that the actress has defamed Depp once again.

“Yes. This interview could count as a new ‘publication’ under the law, which could spur a third lawsuit,” Haff told the Daily Mail.

“A defamatory statement is considered ‘published’ when it is communicated either intentionally, with actual malice or reckless disregard, or negligently, to someone other than the person being defamed. The statement must also be reasonably understood by the recipient to be false.”

Although this is the case, Haff added that she isn’t sure it would be a smart move for Depp to pursue a third trial against Heard.

“Heard’s lawyers have already stated that she cannot pay the original judgment.”