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Amber Heard calls for new libel trial against Johnny Depp after losing defamation lawsuit

Amber Heard asked a Virginia judge for a remand order. She claimed that the verdict against Johnny Depp was not supported by evidence.

The Aquaman star had a 43-page motion filed by lawyers claiming Debpp “proceeded only on a defamation-by-implication theory, abandoning any claims Ms Heard’s statements were false.”

The verdict was called “excessive” in the document. “Ms Heard respectfully requests that this court set aside the jury verdict in favor of Mr Depp against Ms Heard in full, dismiss the complaint or, alternatively, order a fresh trial.”

The court case ended on June 1, with the jury concluding that a 2018 article Heard had written for The Washington Post about her experiences as a survivor from domestic abuse was defamatory to Depp, 59.

Image Johnny Depp claimed that he bought the case to’reveal truth’

A jury consisting of five men, two women and two other people reached unanimous agreement on the verdict. Depp had proved all elements of defamation.

They found Heard’s claims to be false in large part and believed they carried a defamatory message.

Depp sued Heard for $50m. (PS38.2m). Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft was unable to afford the amount and called the figure “indefensible” in the filing.

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Judge Penney Azcarate reduced the sum to $350,000 (PS293,000) as a result of a state cap.

Heard, who counter-sued Pirates Of The Caribbean star for $100m (76.4m) won one count. Heard successfully argued that Depp’s attorney falsely accused her of making “an abuse hoax” to capitalize on the #MeToo movement.

Her jury awarded her $2m (PS1.5m), in damages.

Image: Heard & Depp photographed in January 2016, just months before their split. Pic by AP

Continue reading: Depp V Heard: The key evidence from six weeks’ worth of’soap opera’ trial

Questions were raised in the motion about “inconsistencies” in the age of jury members, as well as “potentially improper juror service”.

Juror 15, according to papers filed, was recorded as having been born in 1945. However, Heard’s lawyers claim that “publicly available data demonstrates that he appeared to have been born around 1970”.

Heard appeals that the jury did not have enough evidence to support Depp’s loss of film roles after her oped.

The jury was informed during the trial that it was because of Heard’s Washington Post article, that Depp was not asked to play Jack Sparrow again in the sixth installment in the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise.

Image The trial was presided over by Judge Penney Azcarate of Fairfax County Court Virginia

Heard demanded that the verdict be overturned. Depp’s lawyers responded by saying that the motion was “what they expected, just longer [and] not substantive”.

Depp’s legal team stated that they were grateful to the jury for their June verdict and that it was a victory in the cause of truth and justice.

Depp stated that he felt at peace and “truly humbled” after winning his lawsuit. He also said that he made the decision to pursue the suit after much thought and that his goal was to “reveal truth, regardless what the outcome”.

Depp, however, was not present in court to hear all of the evidence. Instead, he toured the UK with Jeff Beck.

Continue reading: Depp and Amber Heard: How did online abuse of Amber Heard become acceptable.

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Heard that Depp is threatening more libel suits

Heard said that she was disappointed by the outcome and called it a setback for all women.

Her lawyers had previously stated that she would appeal against the decision. They said she had “excellent grounds” to do so, as there was “so many” evidence that was missing from the trial.

Heard’s lawyer stated that she couldn’t afford the $10.35m Depp was originally awarded.

Judge Azcarate stated that Heard would have to post an $8.35m bond (PS7m), before any appeal could be made.

Six weeks was required to build the original court case. Multiple witnesses, experts and testimony were called by Depp and Heard.


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