Amber Heard is seeking a new trial against actor Johnny Depp, her ex-husband, a month after a Virginia jury ruled overwhelmingly in her favor in a defamation lawsuit.
Heard’s legal team, in a Friday court filing, says one person who appeared on the jury was not the person called to serve as a juror, Deadline reported.
A judge has ordered Heard to pay Depp approximately $10 million in damages following a 2018 opinion piece in which the actor called himself a victim of domestic violence but did not named his attacker.
She was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages.
Heard’s legal team wrote that “Juror No. 15,” listed as a 77-year-old man on the jury list, is registered to vote at the same address as a 52-year-old man with the same name, depending on the file. .
“The person who appeared for juror with this name was obviously the youngest,” the legal team wrote.
“So the 52-year-old … serving on the jury for six weeks was never called for jury duty on April 11 and was not ‘listed’. »
The legal team has detailed how trial jurors are asked to verify their identity with their court department.
Jurors are also asked to verify their identity on a Fairfax County juror questionnaire webpage, a questionnaire that asks jurors to log in with their date of birth, the team said.
“These safeguards are in place and used by the parties to verify the identity of the correct juror, to ensure due process and a fair trial for all litigants,” the legal team wrote.
“When these safeguards are circumvented or disregarded, as appears to be the case here, the right to a jury trial and due process is undermined and compromised. »
Le — contacted Heard and Depp’s legal teams regarding the case on Friday.
The filing comes after a representative for Heard said she plans to appeal the verdict of the multimillion-dollar lawsuit in June.
Heard, in an interview with NBC News last month, said she feared future libel lawsuits for speaking out about her relationship with Depp.