Amber Heard Files Official Notice of Appeal Against Johnny Depp’s Defamation Ruling | Ents & Arts News

Amber Heard has filed an official notice appealing the outcome of her multi-million libel lawsuit against ex-husband Johnny Depp.

The Aquaman actress’ legal team submitted papers to the Virginia Court of Appeals on Thursday, saying trial errors prevented a “just and fair verdict” from being delivered.

“We believe the court made errors that prevented a just and fair First Amendment-compliant verdict,” a spokesperson for the agency said. Understood said.

“We are therefore appealing the verdict.

“While we realize today’s filing will light the bonfires on Twitter, we must take steps to ensure both fairness and justice.”

Heard was ordered to pay $10.35 million (£8.43million) for damaging the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s reputation after the judge in their libel trial filed a written order.

She announced her intention to appeal the verdict the day after it was delivered, June 1 of this year.

The actress described feeling “heartbroken” and “disappointed beyond words” after the jury sided with Depp.

She said she was the subject of a “campaign” of abuse and daily death threats on social media that left her “harassed, humiliated, threatened every day”.

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Judge Penney Azcarate, who oversaw the six-week trial in Fairfax County District Court in Virginia, has previously dismissed Heard’s claims that improper jury service.

His legal team requested a retrial of libel casewhich has come under intense scrutiny, due to “recently discovered facts and information” coming to light.

One of the jurors originally summoned to attend the trial did not show up and was replaced by someone else, the lawyers said.

They also said the verdict in Depp’s favor was not supported by evidence presented during the six-week case.

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But Judge Azcarate said the juror’s question was irrelevant.

Heard, 36, could not show how she was wronged, the judge added.

Depp filed a lawsuit against Heard over an article she wrote for the Washington Post about her experiences as a survivor of domestic violence.

She described herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence” in the article, published in December 2018.

Lawyers for Depp said the article falsely accused him of being an abuser.

However, he was ordered to pay $2m (£1.62m) to Heard based on the counterclaim that she was defamed by one of his legal representatives.

The actor, 59, was not present in court to hear the verdict, but later said he was “truly humbled” as he revealed how the allegations had a “seismic impact” on his life and career.

Johnny Depp in court during closing arguments in his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard

“From the beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome,” he said.

“Telling the truth was something I owed to my children and everyone who stayed true to their support of me.

“I feel at peace knowing I’ve finally accomplished this.”

Heard claimed the outcome of the trial “brings time back to a woman speaking out and speaking out who could be publicly shamed and humiliated.”

“I’m sad to have lost this case,” she added.

“But I’m even sadder to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly.”

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