Amber Heard Officially Files To Appeal The Verdict In Legal Battle Against Johnny Depp

According to a source from Fox News, Amber Heard has officially filed an appeal in the lawsuit against Johnny Depp 6 months after the official court decision. The petition also clearly states 16 mistakes in the trial process, leading to the "wrong sentence" as Amber said. Lawyers for Heard pointed out 16 errors made during the trial, in the court documents obtained by Fox News Digital. The lawyers argued that the trial should have been held in California.
Specifically, the actress's new lawyers argued that the trial should not have taken place in the first place because Johnny Depp was convicted of abusing his ex-wife at a trial in the UK. In addition, Amber Heard officially files to appeal the verdict.

Amber Heard Officially Files To Appeal The VerdictSource: Vanity Fair

"To find in favor of Depp, the jury must have concluded that Depp did not abuse Heard and that Heard knowingly lied in accusing him of abuse. But, to find in favor of Heard. The jury must have concluded that Heard told the truth about being a victim of domestic abuse by Depp," the lawyers wrote. "Accordingly, the verdict against Heard cannot stand."
The documents also state that the verdict "undoubtedly will have a chilling effect on other women who wish to speak about abuse involving powerful men." They further argued the compensatory and punitive damages awarded to Depp were "excessive."

Amber Heard Officially Files To Appeal The VerdictSource: iNews

In the appeal, the Aquaman star also stated that the court's ruling "causes chills to other women who want to speak out about being abused by powerful men". The appeal also argues that the damages received by Amber are excessive.
Currently, Amber Heard is asking the court to reverse the ruling. And rejecting the claims from the Pirates of the Caribbean star without affecting the interests of both parties. Another request was made to start a new trial entirely if the court did not want to overturn the decision. "At a minimum, the jury’s excessive damages verdict should be reversed and the case should be remanded for a new trial on damages," the court documents read.

Amber Heard Officially Files To Appeal The VerdictSource: Pinterest

Johnny Depp won his defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard earlier this year. He sued the actress after she wrote an op-ed in 2018 in which she characterized herself as a victim of domestic abuse. Depp sued Heard for defamation after the actress wrote an op-ed in 2018 in which she referred to herself as a survivor of domestic abuse. Although she didn't mention Depp by name, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor claimed the article affected his career.
The judge sided with Depp and the actor was awarded $10.3 million in damages. However, the judge reduced the punitive damages to $350,000 due to Virginia law. Heard lost the defamation case, but was awarded $2 million. The jurors found that Depp had defamed the "Aquaman" actress through his attorney.

Amber Heard Officially Files To Appeal The VerdictSource: CNBC

Amber Heard is currently receiving support from more than 140 organizations and individuals working for women's rights and against domestic violence. All together signed a letter to show their support for Amber Heard after the lawsuit between the actress and ex-husband Johnny Depp ended. In the letter, they emphasize that the court's ruling in June has had "serious consequences" and is "toxic" for those who have experienced domestic violence.
"The jury listened to the extensive evidence presented during the six-week trial and came to a clear and unanimous verdict that the defendant herself defamed Mr. Depp in multiple instances," a spokesperson for Depp said in a statement. "We remain confident in our case and that this verdict will stand."
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