On July 21, Amber Heard requested to appeal the verdict in the defamation lawsuit that Johnny Depp filed against her, just a week after a judge denied her request for a new trial.
According to court documents obtained by AND! NewsLawyers for the 36-year-old actress filed the necessary documents in Fairfax County, Virginia, to appeal the jury’s decision. Through a statement quoted by the American media, the legal team of the star of Aquaman explained the reason for appealing the verdict:
The court made errors that prevented a fair and equitable verdict consistent with the First Amendment. Therefore, we are appealing the verdict. While we realize that today’s presentation will light Twitter fires, there are steps we must take to ensure fairness and justice.
However, it seems that Johnny is not concerned about Amber’s new legal move, as he responded to the filing of the appeal motion through his representative to AND! News:
The jury heard extensive evidence presented during the six-week trial and reached a clear and unanimous verdict that the defendant herself defamed Mr. Depp, in multiple instances. We remain confident in our case and that this verdict will stand.
On July 1, Amber Heard’s legal team filed a motion to vacate the verdict and launch a new trial, alleging insufficient evidence from Johnny Depp as well as a sham jury.
Twelve days later, Judge Penney Azcarate rejected the request, which Depp’s legal team called “desperate” and “frivolous,” so the trial and verdict, which requires her to pay $10.4 million in compensatory damages and punitive to the actor Pirates of the Caribbeanremain.
Legal expert Julie Rendelman previously explained to Entertainment Tonight that filing an appeal could be costly for Amber Heard, as “she must pay the $10.4 million judgment the jury found against her in order to proceed with the appeal.”
This could represent a great challenge for the actress of the danish girlconsidering that his attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, told The Today Show that Heard “absolutely cannot” pay that amount to Johnny Depp.