Amber Heard officially files to appeal Johnny Depp libel case verdict

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By James Kay

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Amber Heard has officially filed an appeal against the verdict of Johnny Depp's libel case against her, as she seeks to overturn the outcome.

The trial - which took place in Virginia - concluded in June, where a seven-person jury unanimously ruled in favor of Depp, 59.

The actor married Heard, 36, in 2015, but the relationship soon turned sour with accusations of abuse coming from both parties.

Depp took his ex-wife to court over defamation claims, after she detailed being a survivor of domestic abuse in a 2018 article for the Washington Post.

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Amber Heard testifying in court. Credit: POOL / Alamy

The Pirates Of The Caribbean star wasn't named in the article, but he argued that it was implied it was referring to him and denied all of the accusations.

Heard has now officially filed an appeal against the verdict - which saw Depp awarded $15 million in damages, eventually resulting in a total of $10.35 million after the judge took into account legal limits in the state, per Sky News.

The actress is seeking for the result to be overturned, or for a retrial. As cited by Sky News, Heard's lawyers claim that the location of the trial was "wholly inconvenient".

They argue that the couple has "no meaningful connection" to Virginia and that the trial should instead have been held in California, where "both parties lived and where Depp claimed to have suffered reputational harm."

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Amber Heard leaving the courtroom in April 2022. Credit: Sipa US / Alamy

Depp claimed in Virginia due to the Washington Post having their servers located there.

The lawyers also claim that the trial should not have taken place at all after the actor lost his previous case against The Sun in the United Kingdom, who alleged that the star was a "wife beater".

As reported by the BBC, Judge Mr. Justice Nicol declared that the article by the publication was "substantially true" after finding that "12 of the 14 alleged incidents of domestic violence" took place.

The filing submitted by Heard's lawyers also states: "If not reversed, the trial court’s exclusion of contemporaneous reports of domestic abuse to medical professionals will make it more difficult for other abuse victims to prove allegations of abuse, and likely deter them from coming forward."

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Johnny Depp in court. Credit: POOL / Alamy

This comes after the judge's decision to not include certain pieces of evidence during the trial, such as Heard's therapy notes.

A group of judges will now decide if the appeal has merit.

Featured image credit: Jonathan Brady / Alamy

Amber Heard officially files to appeal Johnny Depp libel case verdict

vt-author-image

By James Kay

Article saved!Article saved!

Amber Heard has officially filed an appeal against the verdict of Johnny Depp's libel case against her, as she seeks to overturn the outcome.

The trial - which took place in Virginia - concluded in June, where a seven-person jury unanimously ruled in favor of Depp, 59.

The actor married Heard, 36, in 2015, but the relationship soon turned sour with accusations of abuse coming from both parties.

Depp took his ex-wife to court over defamation claims, after she detailed being a survivor of domestic abuse in a 2018 article for the Washington Post.

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Amber Heard testifying in court. Credit: POOL / Alamy

The Pirates Of The Caribbean star wasn't named in the article, but he argued that it was implied it was referring to him and denied all of the accusations.

Heard has now officially filed an appeal against the verdict - which saw Depp awarded $15 million in damages, eventually resulting in a total of $10.35 million after the judge took into account legal limits in the state, per Sky News.

The actress is seeking for the result to be overturned, or for a retrial. As cited by Sky News, Heard's lawyers claim that the location of the trial was "wholly inconvenient".

They argue that the couple has "no meaningful connection" to Virginia and that the trial should instead have been held in California, where "both parties lived and where Depp claimed to have suffered reputational harm."

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Amber Heard leaving the courtroom in April 2022. Credit: Sipa US / Alamy

Depp claimed in Virginia due to the Washington Post having their servers located there.

The lawyers also claim that the trial should not have taken place at all after the actor lost his previous case against The Sun in the United Kingdom, who alleged that the star was a "wife beater".

As reported by the BBC, Judge Mr. Justice Nicol declared that the article by the publication was "substantially true" after finding that "12 of the 14 alleged incidents of domestic violence" took place.

The filing submitted by Heard's lawyers also states: "If not reversed, the trial court’s exclusion of contemporaneous reports of domestic abuse to medical professionals will make it more difficult for other abuse victims to prove allegations of abuse, and likely deter them from coming forward."

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Johnny Depp in court. Credit: POOL / Alamy

This comes after the judge's decision to not include certain pieces of evidence during the trial, such as Heard's therapy notes.

A group of judges will now decide if the appeal has merit.

Featured image credit: Jonathan Brady / Alamy