Johnny Depp has filed an appeal against Amber Heard’s “erroneous” counterclaim victory, which comes after their multi-million dollar defamation trial.
Lawyers representing the Hollywood actor said the ruling in favor of the Aquaman star was “seriously flawed”, but those in Mr Depp’s favor should remain in place.
Ms Heard was awarded two million dollars (£1.8 million) in punitive damages following her counterclaim, which alleges that she was beaten up by one of Mr Depp’s lawyers, Adam Waldman , smear.
The protest statement said that the actor was “indirectly responsible” for Mr Waldman’s comments, made to the Daily Mail in 2020, which described Ms Heard’s allegations of abuse as a ” jugglery”.
“Mr Depp did not appeal the ruling on his claim, nor did he appeal the ruling in his favor in respect of two of the three Waldman Statements,” the documents obtained by the PA news agency said.
“His appeal was solely related to the Waldman Statement over which Mrs Heard prevailed, a statement in an April 27, 2020 Daily Mail article (‘Waldman’s April 27 Statement’).
“Mrs Heard’s favorable assessment of that single statement is false.”
It continued: “Mrs Heard’s request was seriously flawed and the trial court should have accepted Mr Depp’s offer of summary judgment and his request to present evidence.
“Even if the Court concluded that Mr. Depp could be held liable for Mr Waldman’s alleged severe conduct, the trial court erred in rejecting the Summary Judgment Motion and the Strike Motion. Depp because Mrs. Heard failed to present evidence to establish one of the required elements of defamation. “
The actor sued his former partner over a 2018 article she wrote for the Washington Post about her experiences as a domestic abuse survivor, which lawyers for he claims to have accused him of being an abuser.
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In June of this year, a jury at Fairfax County Court returned a verdict in his favor and he was awarded $10.3 million (£8.43 million) for reputational damage. mine.
“This court should reverse the ruling on Ms. Heard’s Objection to Waldman’s April 27 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 surprise and strange appearance at the 2022 MTV VMAs as the channel’s popular mascot, Moon Man.
Late last month it was also announced that he would be embarking on a UK tour with his band Hollywood Vampires next summer.
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