Johnny Depp Counters Amber Heard’s Verdict Appeal

Johnny Depp Counters Amber Heard’s Verdict Appeal: Amber Heard’s ex-husband responded less than a day after the Aquaman actress formally announced her intention to appeal the verdict in Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against her.

The former Pirates of the Caribbean star has set up his legal team with documents filed this morning in Fairfax County.

In a lengthy appeal document, John C. Depp, II said he was appealing “all unfavorable findings and from the final judgment order of this Circuit Court entered on June 24, 2022” to the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

Depp is appealing the Virginia jury’s $2 million award to Heard in her $100 million countersuit against Depp and his 2019 $50 million case as a legal tactic as much as a direct response to Heard’s appeal of July 21.

Damages for Depp totaled over $15 million, and he was declared the winner by a seven-person tribunal on June 1. The trial lasted six weeks, and it was often very explicit and harsh.

Due to the limit on punitive damages established by Virginia law, Judge Penny Azcarate reduced the original award to around $10.3 million.

Less than 24 hours after Heard finally submitted her long-awaited paperwork, a source close to the Jeff Beck sideman’s camp told Deadline, “This was an enormously good verdict for Mr. Depp.”

It’s time for both sides to go on with their lives and recover, according to Mr. Depp, and the verdict speaks for itself, the insider said. However, in the event that Ms.

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Heard is set on continuing the case by appealing the verdict, so Mr. Depp is doing the same thing to make sure the Court of Appeals looks at the whole picture.

Depp’s appeal notice was delivered to Heard’s representatives on Friday, but they did not respond to a request for comment.

Since their 2016 marriage ended in divorce amid abuse claims, a temporary restraining order against Depp, and a media-feeding frenzy, this checkmate of sorts today is just the latest judicial encounter between the Rum Diary co-stars.

In March of 2019, Depp filed a $50 million lawsuit against Heard over an opinion piece she co-authored in the Washington Post in late 2018 in which she said she did not want to be “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”

Even if the article was written by the American Civil Liberties Union and published in a publication owned by Jeff Bezos, Depp nonetheless claimed it “devastated” his already waning blockbuster career.

While Depp remained silent throughout the divorce proceedings in 2016, he has since claimed he was the victim of domestic violence in court documents and while testifying in a Virginia trial.

Heard countersued for $100 million two years ago, after her attempts to get the case dismissed or relocated out of Virginia prior to trial were unsuccessful. This happened months before Johnny Depp’s failed libel case against the UK’s The Sun tabloid, which had called him a “wife beater,” went to trial.

At the trial earlier this year, Heard claimed under oath that Depp had sexually attacked her on multiple occasions, in addition to physically and psychologically abusing her.

The actor, however, strongly refuted this accusation in his own post-trial evidence.

Just over a week after Azcarate rejected an ambitious attempt by Heard’s Elaine Bredehoft-led team to throw the $10.3 million award and verdict in Depp’s favor and win a completely new trial, both Depp and Heard filed notices of appeal on Thursday.

Depp’s attorneys at Brown Rudnick characterized the action as “baseless” and “frivolous.”

Heard’s counsel was rebuked strongly by Azcarate on July 13 despite bringing up the possibility that the wrong juror was selected.

The judge in the sometimes bizarre trial that began in mid-April in Fairfax County stated, “The juror was screened, sat for the entire jury, deliberated, and reached a verdict.”

All this juror and the other jurors did was obey their instructions and the Court’s directions; that’s the only evidence this Court has. The verdict of a competent jury is binding on this Court.

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