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ACLU slams ‘misguided’ Johnny Depp for refusing to pay $86k over Amber Heard subpoenas

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They allegedly reviewed 7,500 documents before providing Depp with documents worth $2,000 and are therefore demanding $86,000 from the 59-year-old actor to cover subpoena costs

The ACLU, also known as the American Civil Liberties Union, has backfired on Johnny Depp for refusing to pay $86,000 in connection with subpoenas related to the lawsuit against his former wife, actress Amber Heard.

In May 2021, Depp wanted to find out if Heard had donated $3.5 million to the organization. After receiving $7 million in the divorce, the actress publicly claimed that she donated half of the money to the ACLU, while Los Angeles Children’s Hospital got the rest. Depp refused to believe Heard’s claim and subpoenaed the nonprofit.

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ACLU slammed for billing Johnny Depp $86,253.26 for ‘trouble’ it took to comply with subpoena!

The ACLU claimed they spent a “significant” time responding to multiple subpoenas. They allegedly reviewed 7,500 documents before providing Depp with documents worth $2,000 and are therefore demanding $86,000 from the 59-year-old actor to cover subpoena costs.

“The ACLU has presented three witnesses, including its Executive Director, with testimony for over sixteen hours. Along the way, Mr. Depp has rejected numerous compromises to minimize the burden and costs on the ACLU and its employees,” the ACLU claimed. Depp’s attorneys stated, “Respondents’ claim for more than $86,000 in ‘costs’ related to their court-ordered document production is not only exorbitant and unreasonable, but is unsupported by New York law.”

The filing added: “Mr. Depp acknowledges that New York law provides for the reimbursement of reasonable production costs to a non-party and does not disclaim reimbursement of Defendants for such reasonable costs; but the defendants are seeking reimbursement of expenses well in excess of what was reasonably required to comply with the subpoena.”

ACLU refiled documents obtained by Radar state: “Mr. Depp is breaking New York law. As a responsiveness check was required to comply with subpoenas and provide documents for Mr Depp, these are recoverable production costs. Mr. Depp is also misguided in suggesting that checking privilege/work product time and creating a privilege log is unrecoverable.”

The nonprofit is again demanding that Depp pay the $86,000 bill. The ACLU is known to have been responsible for helping Heard write the 2019 Washington Post defamatory op-ed that led to the contentious legal battle between the former couple. The week-long defamation trial ended on June 1 with a verdict in Depp’s favour. The ‘Pirates of Caribbean’ actor was awarded $15 million in compensatory and punitive damages by the jury.

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