Amber Heard appeals ‘cold’ verdict in Depp defamation trial in the US

Amber Heard sought to appeal the verdict in a multimillion-dollar US lawsuit against Johnny Depp, arguing it would have a “chilling” impact on other women.

Supporters of the Aquaman star said the case “should never have gone to trial” and criticized the decision to allow it to continue in Fairfax, Virginia.

Mr. Heard was sued by Mr. Depp for a 2018 article she wrote for the Washington Post about her experiences as a domestic violence survivor, which his attorney alleges charged wrong he is an abuser.

In June this year, a jury in Fairfax County Court ruled in his favor and he was awarded $10.3 million (£8.43 million) in damages. its reputation.


In June this year, a jury at Fairfax County Court ruled in Mr Depp’s favor, following a six-week defamation trial (Yui Mok/PA)

In documents filed with the Virginia Court of Appeals and obtained by the PA news agency, Mr. Heard’s attorneys said the trial court was “erroneous” on multiple occasions.

“The trial court erroneously refused to dismiss this lawsuit on the grounds that the forum was inconvenient, based on the erroneous conclusion that Depp’s allegations arose in Virginia because the Washington Post servers were located in Virginia. here,” the documents state.

“The court also erred in dismissing Heard’s rebuttal, in which she argued that the statements challenged were inactionable and incapable of reasonable views. to convey an alleged defamation implication.

“That hold, if allowed to remain, would certainly have a chilling effect on other women who want to speak out about abuse involving powerful men.”

The trial court also erred in dismissing Heard’s objection… That upholding, if allowed to stand, would certainly have a chilling effect on other women who wanted to speak out. about abuses involving powerful men.Amber Heard’s lawyer

The documents added: “This case should also never have gone to trial because another court concluded that Depp abused Heard on multiple occasions.”

The filing, made on November 23, comes less than a month after Depp filed an appeal against the court’s decision to award Ms Heard damages.

Ms Heard has been awarded two million dollars (£1.8m) in damages following her counterclaim, which alleges that she was defamed by one of Mr Depp’s lawyers, Adam Waldman .

Lawyers representing the Hollywood actor said the ruling in Ms Heard’s favor was “seriously flawed”, but those in Mr Depp’s favor should still stand their ground.


Ms Heard was awarded $2 million (£1.8 million) in damages following her counterclaim at the US trial (Yui Mok/PA)

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“This court should reverse the ruling on Ms. Heard’s Counterclaim against the April 27 Waldman Statement, but otherwise should assert the ruling in Mr. Depp’s favor,” the filing concludes.

Since the trial ended, Mr. Depp has returned to the entertainment industry.

In August, it was announced that he would direct his first feature film in 25 years: Modi, about Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani.

He then made a weird, unexpected series appearance at the 2022 MTV VMAs as the channel’s popular mascot, Moon Man.

In October it was also announced that he would be embarking on a UK tour with his band the Hollywood Vampires next summer. Amber Heard appeals ‘cold’ verdict in Depp defamation trial in the US

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