Actress Amber Heard’s lawyers have reportedly filed a new 68-page appeal against her ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp.
In March of this year, Depp won his defamation case against Heard, with a jury awarding him $15m in damages. The jury also awarded Heard $2m for one part of her own counterclaim.
Depp sued Heard for $50m, claiming she defamed him in an op-ed for The Washington Post where she described herself as a victim of domestic abuse.
Depp claimed that the article, which did not name him, implied that he was a domestic abuser. Five months later, Heard’s team filed for a new appeal against Depp in a Virginia appeals court.
The team has asked for the jury’s verdict to be reversed. Earlier this month, Depp also filed his own appeal against the $2m verdict ruling in favour of Heard’s countersuit.
In the appeal, Heard’s lawyers argue that the trial was held in the wrong state and object to the judge’s decision to exclude certain pieces of evidence, including notes from therapists that they say document allegations of abuse. They argue that the jury should have been allowed to consider these pieces of evidence.
Heard’s team has asked for the jury’s verdict to be reversed, either with a dismissal of Depp’s claims or a new trial entirely. “The trial court improperly prevented the jury from considering several separate instances in which Heard reported Depp’s abuse to a medical professional,” the lawyers wrote.
Depp, for his part, has also filed an appeal of the $2m verdict in favor of Heard’s countersuit. The actor called the jury’s judgment “erroneous” and his attorneys have said that Depp’s reputation has “been vindicated” by the jury.
“The jury’s emphatic favorable verdict on all three defamatory statements alleged in his complaint fully vindicated Mr. Depp and restored his reputation,” the filing states.
The legal battle between Depp and Heard has been ongoing for several years. In 2016, Heard filed for divorce from Depp, alleging that he had been physically and emotionally abusive towards her during their marriage. Depp denied the allegations and filed his own defamation lawsuit against Heard in 2019.
The trial, which took place earlier this year, garnered significant media attention and resulted in a highly publicized verdict.
Now, both Depp and Heard have filed appeals in the case. It is unclear how the appeals court will rule, but the legal battle between the two actors is likely to continue for some time.
The case has also raised important questions about domestic abuse and the ways in which it is addressed in the legal system. Many have criticized the jury’s decision, arguing that it sends a harmful message about the validity of domestic abuse allegations. Others have praised the verdict, arguing that it upholds the principle of innocent until proven guilty.
Regardless of the outcome of the appeals, the case will continue to be a point of contention and debate. It remains to be seen how the courts will ultimately rule, and whether either Depp or Heard will ultimately be successful in their appeals.