ACLU says Johnny Depp owes $ 86,000 in legal fees – Reuters

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There seems to be no end to Johnny Depp’s legal troubles – the actor is now taking legal fees with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for $ 86,000.

Following the bombshell trial, the Virginia jury awarded Depp $ 10.35 million in damages, after finding that his ex-wife, Amber Hard, had defamed him in an ACLU-written Washington Post op-ed.

The nonprofit was subpoenaed in the case, and a New York State judge ordered the charity to return the documents and testify, with Terrence Dougarty leading the testimony.

The ACLU is now suing Depp in the Manhattan Supreme Court for a legal fee of $ 86,253.26 – the charity said the subpona had cost to comply.

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According to the ACLU, this included reviewing more than 7,500 documents and giving lengthy statements to three witnesses, including Dougarty.

A combination of Amber Hard and Johnny Depp’s photos in court on May 23, 2022.
((AP Photo / Steve Helber, Pool))

The article, written by the ACLU attorney, did not name Depp by name, but said he had insulted him.

Although the ACLU was not a party to Depp’s defamation suit against Hard, the charity’s role in the Washington Post’s editorial writing and presentation was central to the lawsuit. Hard requested that the release date of the article coincide with the release of his film “Aquaman”.

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The charity’s list included the cost of creating a “privilege log” that identified 160 items withheld due to a “common interest communication privilege” between the ACLU attorney and Hard’s attorneys.

The actor’s legal team accused the ACLU of “coordinating and assisting Miss Hard to argue in Mr Depp’s defamation suit” and then suing him for it, they wrote in court documents.

A collection of photos by Terrence Dougarty Amber Hard.
(Photo by Michael Reynolds / Pool via AP)

Lawyers for the Pirates of the Caribbean have called the $ 86,000 sum “excessive and unreasonable” but have agreed to pay $ 1,096.67 for third-party data hosting charges.

In its latest proposal, filed June 14, the ACLU argued that Depp’s subpoenas were too “extensive and comprehensible” and that the charity’s preparation of a “rights log” to comply with the discovery requirements was entirely reasonable.

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The ACLU came under fire during the trial, with critics calling the charity an accomplice to Herd’s alleged fraud.

After pledging হার্ড 3.5 million to hard charity – half of her 7 million divorce settlement, the organization named her an ambassador for women’s rights and gender-based violence.

He later claimed on a Dutch TV show that he had paid for his full divorce as promised: half at the ACLU and the other half at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Johnny Depp and Amber Hard before their breakup.

Johnny Depp and Amber Hard before their breakup.
(AP)

Dagetri acknowledged in his statement that Hard had donated সরাসরি 350,000 directly. The agency gave her a 1.3 million grant, most of which came from her ex-boyfriend, technology billionaire Elon Musk.

Depp’s lawyer, Ben Chiu, argued in court that while the ACLU helped Hard cover up his false allegations, the charity “played a wrong role in this matter.”

It was also revealed during the trial that Hard paid only $ 250,000 out of the $ 3.5 million pledged to the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.

A judge who spoke to Good Morning America on condition of anonymity has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning US troops have been made more than once.

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“It’s one thing, Your Honor, that he has strengthened the ACLU,” Chiu told the court. “It’s another thing for her not to respect her obligation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with sick and dead children, and she didn’t.” A

The ACLU was once seen as a base for freedom of speech, including defending the rights of neo-Nazis in Illinois.

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