Amber Heard told a Virginia court on Thursday that she would appeal the $10.35 million judgment she was ordered to pay ex-husband Johnny Depp in a high-profile defamation lawsuit that revealed the workings of their troubled marriage.
Heard’s attorneys filed a notice of appeal in Fairfax County Circuit Court, where a six-week trial featured compelling testimony from Heard and Depp. The document informs the Virginia Court of Appeals that Heard intends to appeal the judgment, as well as decisions made by the judge after the verdict, including the denial of Heard’s request to vacate the verdict and to dismiss the trial or order a new trial.
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“We believe the court made errors that prevented a just and fair verdict consistent with the First Amendment. We are therefore appealing the verdict,” a spokesperson for Heard said in a statement. “While we realize today’s filing will light the bonfires on Twitter, we must take steps to ensure both fairness and justice.”
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The jury ordered Heard to pay Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
Punitive damages were reduced to $350,000 under a state cap. The jury awarded Heard $2 million for his counterclaim.
Much of the testimony during the six-week trial focused on Heard’s claims that she had been physically and sexually abused by Depp at least a dozen times. Depp insisted he never hit Heard and that she was the aggressor.
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“The jury listened to the extensive evidence presented during the six-week trial and reached a clear and unanimous verdict that the defendant herself defamed Mr. Depp on multiple occasions,” a spokesperson said. Depp in a statement.
We remain confident in our case and that this verdict will stand.
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