[Blind Gossip] He is going to settle!
This actor is in the middle of a battle with his actress wife. While he is lining up depositions and witnesses and documentation, we are being told the following:
It is all for show. He told [his counsel] that he will not go to trial. He has already decided that he is going to settle.
So why prolong the agony? Why doesn’t he simply settle today?
The more witnesses/documentation/ammunition [she] thinks he has against her, the more likely she is to settle for a lesser amount. He knows that he is going to pay, but estimates that all this posturing and intimidation will cut the payout by AT LEAST $10 million. He’s not going to give her one penny more than he has to.
Similar: Shaking Her Money Tree
[Optional] How much do you think she will walk away with?
Actor: Johnny Depp
Actress: Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have successfully negotiated a divorce settlement!
As we told you just ten days ago, this was never going to go to trial AND Johnny Depp’s team was fighting hard to minimize the amount of the payout. We were right about both things.
Here are some of the really rough numbers we were working with: Depp is worth $300-400 million and Heard is worth much less, but divorce settlements typically cover only the joint earnings in the time period during which the couple was married.
The couple together made approximately $45-50 million during their short marriage. Less taxes and expenses, we’re down to $30-35 million.
Heard was looking for a settlement in the $15-20 million range, which was too high a figure. As we told you in the original blind item, Depp was looking to trim $10 million off of that amount. He was looking to pay in the $5-10 million range.
Depp and Heard settled for $7-8 million (basically $7 million plus attorney’s fees). Bingo. There’s the sweet spot.
Additionally, the domestic abuse charges against Depp have been dropped; he’s going to pay her legal expenses; and the couple has released the typical “it’s all good” joint statement:
Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity. There will be no further public statements about this matter.
The statement was written by Heard’s team, but Depp’s team apparently approved its release as a joint statement. The wording is very interesting and you can parse the statement for hidden meanings, but the crux of it is: they’re done fighting.
Finally, it’s important to note that there wasn’t a winner and loser in this case.
A divorce settlement is simply the conclusion of a business deal between unhappy partners. It feels really ugly and really personal when they are in the thick of it, but both parties will walk away and move on with their lives and their careers. This whole ordeal could be a mere footnote on their biographies. Neither of them is poor or homeless or is going to starve.
Both will have to make some repairs to their reputations.
The End. Hopefully.
Your guesses were interesting. A Little Bird not only guessed the correct couple, but also guessed the correct amount. Impressive!
We knew that Amber Heard’s team had written the “joint statement”, but they also claimed that they had Depp’s team’s approval.
Well, it turns out that wasn’t true!
Amber Heard’s public relations team just admitted that they DID write the statement… but that they did NOT get the approval of Johnny Depp’s team before releasing it as a “joint statement.”
Not only that, they say that Amber didn’t approve the statement either. The latter sounds like an attempt to distance her from her PR team’s mistake.
They have now retracted the entire statement.
That was messy!