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BUZZ: Amber Heard makes first public appearance since losing Johnny Depp trial

BUZZ: Amber Heard makes first public appearance since losing Johnny Depp trial

Amber Heard was overjoyed at her first major event since losing her defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp.

The “Aquaman” star, 37, made an appearance at the Taormina Film Festival in Italy Friday, a day before the premiere of her new film, “In the Fire.”

Heard looked radiant as she smiled, laughed and chatted with friends, cast and crew members from the supernatural thriller — which wrapped months before her trial began in April 2022.

The actress was photographed wearing a white T-shirt and matching wrap-around skirt for the event. She completed her look with a pair of black heels and wore her blonde locks in loose curls.

Heard is expected to walk the red carpet for the premiere of “In the Fire” Saturday night alongside her co-star Eduardo Noriego and the film’s director, Conor Allyn.

Amber Heard in a white skirt and shirt.
The “Aquaman” actress was supporting the premiere of her new film, “In the Fire.”
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Amber Heard taking her shoes off.
She smiled, laughed, danced and chatted with friends and cast members.
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According to Deadline, the “Danish Girl” star plays a psychiatrist who is “called to solve the case of a disturbed child following increasingly insistent accusations that the child is the devil” in the film.

Heard’s latest outing comes more than a year after Depp’s attorneys proved that she defamed him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed about sexual violence.

The 60-year-old sued the actress for $50 million in 2019, claiming she lied about him abusing her to obtain more money in their divorce settlement.

Amber Heard in a white skirt and shirt.
She wore a white T-shirt and a matching wrap-around skirt for the event.
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Amber Heard smiling.
The “Danish Girl” star wore her blonde locks in loose curls.
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Heard was ordered to pay the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star $10 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.

Additionally, the jury awarded the mom of one $2 million in compensatory damages for her countersuit against Depp.


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Heard asked the judge to toss the jury’s verdict and requested a retrial, claiming that the judgment wasn’t supported by evidence.

Amber Heard testifying.
Heard was ordered to pay her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, $10 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages for defaming him in a 2018 op-ed piece.
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Johnny Depp celebrating in court.
In December 2022, the mom of one dropped her appeal and announced that she settled the defamation case with her “Rum Diary” co-star.
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However, in December 2022, she dropped her appeal and announced on Instagram that she decided to settle the defamation case with her “Rum Diary” co-star.

“It’s important for me to say that I never chose this,” she wrote at the time. “I defended my truth and in doing so my life, as I knew it, was destroyed.

“I have made no admission. This is not an act of concession.”

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp at a gala in 2016.
The former couple tied the knot in 2015.
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Amber Heard and Johnny Depp at a premiere in 2015.
Heard filed for divorce from Depp in May 2016.
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The “Never Back Down” actress later relocated to Madrid after the trial, and reports surfaced that she had quit Hollywood altogether.

In May, Heard shut down the rumors about her leaving acting, confirming to fans in a TikTok video that she had several projects lined up.

“I keep moving forward,” she said at the time. “That’s life.”

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