How Johnny Depp Can Collect That $10.4 Million From Amber Heard: ‘He Could Really Make Her Life Miserable’

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Legal experts tell TheWrap that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s post-verdict options range from mercy settlement to scorched earth

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How much financial pain is Amber Heard in for now that a jury ruled against her? That’s almost entirely up to Johnny Depp.

After a Virginia jury awarded Depp $10.4 million in compensatory and punitive damages for defamation, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor has a wide spectrum of options to collect that money from his ex-wife over the coming months and years, according to legal experts who spoke with TheWrap on condition of anonymity because of their proximity to the situation.

But first things first: Heard has said she will appeal the verdict — and that she can’t afford to pay the penalty.