'Twitter bonfires' are predicted by Amber Heard as she files an appeal against the Johnny Depp verdict
The court's error has been cited by Amber Hearing as a reason for appealing the verdict against her and her ex-husband Johnny Depp. The defamation trial verdict against Amber Heard and her ex-husband Johnny Depp has been appealed. Asserting that the court "made mistakes," the star acknowledged that her latest move would "ignite the Twitter bonfires".
Lawyers for the plaintiff stated: "We believe that the court made errors that prevented a just and fair verdict by the First Amendment.". Consequently, we intend to appeal the verdict. The filing today will ignite a Twitter bonfire, but we should take steps to make sure justice and fairness are served."
According to Johnny's spokesperson, the jury heard a lot of evidence and unanimously concluded that the defendant defamed Mr. Depp several times during the six-week trial."We remain confident in our case and that this verdict will stand.”In a 2018 Washington Post op-ed, Amber claimed that she had become a "figure representing domestic abuse." Johnny sued her for defamation.
While she didn't name him, he claimed their association and marriage caused him to lose his job. In Fairfax, Virginia, Johnny was awarded $15 million in damages by the jury for all three defamation claims against Amber. Because Virginia law caps punitive damages at $10.35 million, Amber will only have to pay him $10.35 million. However, her representatives claim she cannot afford this amount.
On one of Amber's three countersuits against Johnny, the court found Johnny defamed her, and the Aquaman actress received $2 million in damages. According to Amber, Juror 15 was not summoned to serve on the panel, and therefore a new trial is needed. Johnny's legal representatives argued that the request for a mistrial was "untimely," as the challenge was lodged too late.
Attorneys for Amber requested the judge set aside the verdict based on several reasons, including a mistaken identity between a juror and Amber. According to the lawsuit, during the six-week trial, a 52-year-old man with the same last name and address, not a 77-year-old man, was improperly seated since he shares the same address and last name.
The legal team representing Johnny argued that the jury member who sided with him in the case was still vetted by the court despite the juror mix-up. The statement added Amber had access to the purported "facts" months ago and that no unfair prejudice was cited by her. Amber's lawyers called her request for a new trial "desperate" and "outlandish".
"We consider Ms. Heard's desperate, after-the-fact demand to investigate Juror 15 because of a purported mistake in his birth date to be misplaced," they wrote.“Furthermore, Ms. Heard's argument relies solely on speculation."Following a six-week jury trial, a jury of Ms. Heard's peers rendered a verdict against her in virtually every respect. Although understandably upset with the verdict, she has found no valid basis to set it aside."The Daily Mail reports that Judge Penny Azcarate denied Amber's motion.