Amber Heard asks court to award $10 million verdict in Johnny Depp defamation case

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Amber Heard asked a judge on Friday to toss a verdict against her – arguing that the $10.35 million ruling was in her favor Johnny Depp The sensation was not supported by evidence presented during the six-week trial.

In a 43-page motion, Heard’s attorneys Ellen Breedhoft and Ben Rottenborn argued that Judge Penny Azcarte should overrule the verdict and dismiss the complaint. Fairfax County District Court in Virginia,

“In the light of the evidence and the law, the judgment in a matter of law is excessive, and should be set aside,” he wrote.

A jury awarded Depp $10.35 million after finding that his 36-year-old ex-wife had defamed him and calling him a “public figure representing domestic abuse” by writing a 2018 op-ed to the Washington Post stating that business opportunities were lost.

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He claimed that three statements in the op-ed were defamatory—including a headline referring to Heard as a survivor of sexual assault.

Actor Amber Heard stands with attorney Ellen Breedhoft before closing arguments in the Depp v. Heard trial on May 27, 2022 at Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Virginia.
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Hurd sues Depot59, and won $2 million over her claim that her allegations were “hoax” in a statement to the press by her attorney, Adam Waldman.

The latest proposal from Heard’s team alleges that Depp failed to prove that the op-ed cost the actor his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean” six Given that a contract was not signed.

Lawyers for the “Aquaman” actress wrote, “Mr. Depp produced no evidence of any pecuniary damage.”

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In addition, lawyers argued that Depp unreasonably extended the damages period to set back six years. The trial was supposed to focus on December 18, 2018 — when the op-ed was published — until November 2, 2020, he wrote.

But, in the case presented before the jury, Depp’s attorney went back on a restraining order filed by Heard on May 27, 2016, accusing him of assaulting him in the face with a cellphone that had The years-long public battle of warring exiles,

A photo combination of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in court on May 23, 2022.

A photo combination of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in court on May 23, 2022.
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Meanwhile, Azkart blocked jurors from hearing that a UK judge had confirmed 12 acts of domestic violence against Heard in 2020, following a highly publicized defamation trial in London. Depp sued the publisher of The Sun newspaper for calling her a wife beater and lost.

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“The boycott of the UK decision, coupled with Mr Depp’s continued insistence on the jury to go back six years and acquit him and restore his reputation, was followed by a $10 million indemnity damages verdict and a $5 million punitive damages verdict.” As a result,” wrote. Lawyers.

Azcarate reduced the award of punitive damages to $350,000 – the maximum under Virginia law.

Amber Heard leaves Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia following a verdict in a defamation case against Johnny Depp.

Amber Heard leaves Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia following a verdict in a defamation case against Johnny Depp.
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The motion also argued that Depp had failed to prove “genuine malice”, namely that Heard did not believe or seriously suspected that her ex-husband had abused her when the op-ed was published.

The filing largely reiterated the defense case that Heard’s team presented in the test, which was rejected by the jury. Hurd has said she plans to appeal, and the latest submission is the first step in that process.

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Depp is scheduled for another civil trial in Los Angeles in July. A location manager on the set of “City of Lies” filed a lawsuit accusing Depp of slapping her in 2017.