Johnny Depp Defamation Case: Amber Heard Wants the Verdict Thrown Out.
Last month’s defamation court ruling against Amber Heard and her ex-husband Johnny Depp is being appealed or thrown out by the actress’s lawyers.
The Aquaman actress’ legal team delivered a 43-page document to a Virginia court on Friday arguing that the verdict was not supported by adequate evidence.
His camp says that Depp, who is 59 and claims to have lost the part of Captain Jack Sparrow because of an article written by Heard, in which she stated that she had been sexually abused but did not identify the abuser.
When it came to proving that Heard’s assertions were incorrect, Depp’s legal team said that Depp “proceeded purely on a defamation by implication premise.”
The team of Aquaman’s star also claimed that one of the jurors who served during the trial was not adequately screened. Heard’s team contends that the individual summoned to court had a birth date of 1945, but the person actually served had a significantly younger birth date.
Identified in the document as Juror 15 is the juror “was unquestionably born after 1945. His birth date looks to be 1970, according to publicly available information “how things are going.
In reaction to Heard’s 2018 op-ed about coming forward as a survivor of domestic abuse, Depp won all three of his defamation lawsuits against him last month.
Due to a Virginia rule regulating punitive damages, even if the jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages, Heard will only be liable for $10.35 million (the judge reduced the amount).
The damages awarded to Heard for her counterclaims against Johnny Depp totaled an additional $2 million. In the past, Heard’s lawyer had claimed that the actress would “definitely” fight the verdict.
When asked by Today’s Savannah Guthrie if she’s “scared” the verdict will mean more “silence” for survivors who want to come forward, Heard said the verdict was a “setback” for women. (Depp, on the other side, insists he never touched Heard and accuses her of hurting him physically.)
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