Judge Refused Amber Heard’s Post-trial Requests in Her Case Against Johnny Depp
On Wednesday, a Virginia judge denied Amber Heard’s request to dismiss a $10 million judgment entered in favor of her ex-husband, Johnny Depp.
Recently, Depp prevailed in a high-profile civil battle against Heard for defamation. Heard’s $2 million counterclaims against Depp resulted in a lower judgment.
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Judge Refuses Amber Heard’s Fresh Trial Request
On Wednesday, a court denied Amber Heard’s request for a fresh trial in the defamation lawsuit she brought against her ex-husband Johnny Depp on the grounds that one of the jurors had served improperly.
Following a jury trial in Fairfax County, Virginia, which concluded in June that Heard had defamed the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor in a newspaper opinion article, the court ordered Heard to pay Depp $10.35 million in damages.
One of the jurors was not allowed to serve because the summons was meant for his father, who shared the same name and lived at the same address, and so her lawyers requested the judge to throw out the decision and declare a mistrial.
Judge Penny Azcarate concluded that the jury’s decision should be upheld because “no proof of fraud or malfeasance” was presented.
She also mentioned that all jurors were questioned and accepted by both parties before the trial began.
“Due process was guaranteed and provided to all parties in this litigation,” Azcarate wrote.
Depp, 59, had sued Heard and said that she defamed him when she dubbed herself “a public figure symbolizing domestic abuse” in an opinion piece published in The Washington Post. According to Depp, Heard, 36, escalated the violence in their relationship, not him.
When Depp’s lawyer referred to Heard’s allegations as a “hoax,” Heard filed a countersuit, claiming that Depp had slandered her. With regard to one of her counterclaims, the jury awarded Heard $2 million in damages. Heard said she had only struck Depp in self-defense or her sister’s defense.
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