Amber Heard, who was found liable for defaming her ex-husband Johnny Depp to the tune of $10 million, has formally filed a notice of appeal.
After a jury found her guilty of defaming the Pirates of the Caribbean actor in a 2018 essay for The Washington Post, her defense team filed an appeal on Thursday. The court also held Mr. Depp responsible for defamation and awarded Ms. Heard $2 million.
After the jury decided on June 1 that Ms. Heard had defamed Mr. Depp by writing an op-ed in which she portrayed herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse,” her attorneys reportedly said they would immediately file an appeal, as reported by Variety. According to the jury’s verdict, the accusation was false and motivated by “actual malice.”
“Her spokeswoman announced Thursday that they will be appealing the conviction because they felt the court had made mistakes that prohibited a just and fair verdict consistent with the First Amendment. Even though we know today’s filing may spark Twitter flame wars, we must take the necessary measures to ensure fairness and justice for all parties involved.”
Ms. Heard’s appeal is unclear from the two-paragraph notice. A lawyer for Mr. Depp said that his client is still confident in the verdict being upheld. A representative for him remarked, “We remain confident in our case and that this verdict will
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Because of a case of mistaken identity, one of the seven jurors turned out to be Heard’s son rather than the man who had been called for jury duty. As a result, Heard had requested a fresh trial.
As reported by Variety, Ms. Heard’s legal team indicated they would file an appeal as soon as possible following the June 1 jury decision finding that she had defamed Mr. Depp in the op-ed in which she referred to herself as a “public figure symbolizing domestic abuse.” According to the jury’s verdict, the accusation was false and motivated by “actual malice.”