Amber Heard appeals against $10 million defamation verdict
Hollywood actress Amber Heard, who has been in the news for her feud with ex-husband Johnny Depp, on Thursday served a notice of appeal against a $10 million defamation verdict. Actress Amber Heard’s lawyers announced she would appeal on June 1.
Actress Amber Heard’s spokesperson said on Thursday, “We believe the Court made mistakes that prevented a just and fair decision pursuant to the First Amendment. We are therefore appealing the decision. While we realize that today’s decision was made, we are appealing the decision.” The filing will set Twitter on fire, but there are steps we need to take to ensure both fairness and justice.”
In response, Johnny Depp’s representative said that his team was confident the decision would be upheld. Johnny Depp’s spokesman said, “The jury heard the extensive evidence presented during the six-week trial and made a clear and unanimous verdict that the defendant defamed Depp multiple times.”
The jury also found Johnny Depp liable for a statement made by his lawyer, Adam Waldman, in which he accused Amber Heard of fraud. So the jury ordered Johnny Depp to pay 2 million for that statement.
According to Variety, Amber Heard’s attorneys previously asked Judge Penny Azkart to overturn the verdict for a variety of reasons, including the allegation that a jury member attended the trial despite never receiving a summons.
Ezcart denied Amber Heard’s request, finding that he had waited too long to raise his objection and had not shown that he had been denied a fair trial.