Less than a month since settling her divorce from her ex for $7 million in charity donations, the actress has dropped her lawsuit against Depp's stand-up comedian pal, Doug Stanhope.
According to documents obtained by E! News, Heard's legal team filed a stipulation for dismissal of the case and for each party to handle their own attorney fees. According to Heard's lawyer, the dismissal of the case is the result of her larger settlement with Depp.
"I can tell you that Ms. Heard and Mr. Stanhope did NOT reach any agreement to settle the case," Heard's attorney said in a statement to E! News. "No money changed hands between them, and there is no confidentiality agreement between them. In fact, I have been unable to reach Doug for some time and given his lifestyle, where he lives and where he travels, I'd be surprised if he even knows anything about the conclusion of the case. Instead, the dismissal of the case against Mr. Stanhope was negotiated as part of a larger deal between Ms. Heard and her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. Doug Stanhope is one of Johnny Depp's closest friends, and it appears that Johnny was able to convince Amber to drop the lawsuit against Doug as part of a global resolution of their divorce."
In the statement, Heard's attorney also noted that the dismissal was done "without prejudice," meaning she could re-file the lawsuit within one year of the date Stanhope published his article about Heard. "As far as we know, Ms. Heard has no plans to re-file the case against Mr. Stanhope, but that option remains available to her," the statement concluded.