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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in Fairfax County Court, Virginia, in the last week of their defamation trial.Steve Helber/Pool via REUTERS; Steve Helber/Pool via REUTERS
  • The lawyers for the two people are in court.

  • They have a chance to reach a settlement before the judge makes a final decision.

  • A settlement may be on the table after Heard's lawyer said she couldn't afford it.

There will be a court meeting on Friday that will determine if the two actors will settle the case or drag it out.

They were found to be defaming each other by a jury. It was in the favor of the man. The jury said he deserved fifteen million dollars in damages, but the judge reduced it to fifteen million dollars. The jury said she should get $2 million in damages after only one victory.

The jury verdict was not entered into the docket by the judge.

Unless the two parties agree to a settlement, she's going to do it on June 24.

A settlement may be on the table. In an interview with "Good Morning America" host George Stephanopoulos, Chew said that he might agree to a settlement where he would waive monetary damages in exchange for Heard not appealing the case.

We can't reveal attorney-client communications, but as Mr. Depp testified, this was not about money for him. This was about restoring his reputation.

An attorney for Heard told NBC's "Today" show that she was going to appeal the case because she couldn't afford the $8 million she was going to owe. Heard told the "Today" show that she stood by her testimony in the trial.

There is a possibility of a settlement taking a different form. If the parties agree to drop some of the defamation claims, reduce or eliminate the damages owed, or streamline the payment process, Heard would not have to pay the $10.35 million she owes to Depp.

Representatives for both of them wouldn't comment on the negotiations.

The Washington Post op-ed Heard wrote about herself as a victim of domestic violence was the basis of the defamation lawsuit. Heard filed a countersuit against him, accusing him of defamation and abusing her before and during their marriage. Both celebrities took the stand in their trial.

Azcarate can accept oral arguments from both sides over the jury verdict. Samy Abdallah, Azcarate's clerk, told Insider that no one is required to be in the courtroom for the hearing.

The case will go to the Virginia Court of Appeals if the two don't agree to a settlement and Azcarate is found guilty. A notice of appeal has 30 days to be filed.

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