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Amber Heard Officially Files To Appeal Johnny Depp Defamation Verdict

A ‘just and fair verdict’ was allegedly prevented by ‘errors’ in the actress’s well-publicized libel suit with her ex-husband Johnny Depp, according to documents the actress’ legal team submitted on Thursday to the Virginia Court of Appeals.

Heard’s 2018 op-ed in the Washington Post, in which she identified herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse,” served as the central focus of the trial.

Amber Heard Officially Files to Appeal Verdict in Johnny Depp Trial |  PEOPLE.com

Despite the fact that Depp was not specifically mentioned in the piece, his legal team was successful in convincing the jury that it was libelous against him.

Depp received $15 million in damages from the judge, later reduced to $10.35 million, and Heard received $2 million in damages in a separate counterclaim.

As they seemed confident that the trial’s initial decision would hold, Depp’s team replied to the news that the appeal had been officially filed with assurance.

Johnny Depp may end up back in court if the appeal goes through. Credit: Alamy

A spokesperson for Depp said: “The jury listened to the extensive evidence presented during the six-week trial and came to 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.”

Heard made it known last month that she intended to appeal the verdict, so Depp’s legal team was not surprised to learn of the appeal.

To make it work, her legal team will need to show there were mistakes made during the trial or in the judge’s interpretation of the law, something Depp’s attorneys are convinced won’t happen.

Heard’s decision to appeal was described in a statement made on her behalf by a spokesman, who also criticized the “Twitter bonfires” they anticipated would “ignite” upon hearing that the appeal had been filed.

Amber Heard set to appeal verdict after being ordered to pay Johnny Depp  $15m in damages - Daily Record

They said: “We believe the court made errors that prevented a just and fair verdict consistent with the First Amendment. We are therefore appealing the verdict.

“While we realize today’s filing will ignite the Twitter bonfires, there are steps we need to take to ensure both fairness and justice.”

Although Heard’s attorney has already stated that she is unable to pay the $10.35 million in damages that the court has ordered her to pay to Depp, she will be required to post the damages she has been ordered to pay as a bond.

A retrial was requested by Heard’s team earlier this month, citing among other things the claims that one of the jurors served on the panel in an identity-related matter.

Amber Heard officially files to appeal verdict in Johnny Depp libel trial -  reporterwings

However, Judge Penney Azcarate rejected the request for a retrial, saying that the juror in question was ‘vetted, sat for the entire jury, deliberated, and reached a verdict’.

Responding to news that the chance of a retrial had been quashed, Depp’s team called the attempts ‘baseless’ and ‘frivolous’.

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‘Johnny Depp Shot’ for Men Feeling ‘Unsafe’ at Bar Sparks Controversy

This week, an alleged flyer for a Johnny Depp-themed drink that was found in the men’s room of an unnamed bar went viral online. The flier was first posted on Reddit by user u/lamodamo123, where it attracted more than 38,000 upvotes and 1,700 comments.

Bar divides opinion with Johnny Depp shot, created so men can discreetly ask for help

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in four American men experiences intimate partner violence, which includes pushing, shoving, and slapping.

The sign, originally shared on Reddit, said: “Feeling unsafe or scared, just come to the bar and order a Johnny Depp shot,” and included three versions of the shot that will prompt different responses and actions from the bar employees.

It states that if you order “neat,” a staff will safely walk you out of the establishment. A bar employee will call a taxi for you if you request it “on the rocks,” and the police will be called if you want it “with lime.”

“We will handle things discreetly and without fuss,” the sign explained at the bottom.

The drink is thought to be a variation of the Angel Shot, which was developed to help women who might feel threatened or uneasy with other customers.

While the Angel Shot has received praise for its innovative idea, the shot named after the Edward Scissorhands actor has received conflicting feedback thus far.

Many people are expressing their opinions after a Twitter user shared the placard on the social media site.

One user wrote: “There’s a long way to go but Johnny is already making a difference for male targets of abuse.”

Another said: “I’m glad you highlighted this was in a male bathroom. I’ve seen posters for the angel shots & glad there’s a male equivalent!”

A third commented: “Absolutely love this so glad male victims are being [recognized] as victims too and they are making positive changes so male victims can come forward.”

Due to the actor’s recent defamation trial against his 36-year-old ex-wife Amber Heard, several people objected to the sign’s name.

One user wrote: “A) Yes, everyone should be able to have access to help without alerting whoever they’re with for safety. B) This is the dumbest possible thing they could’ve called it.”

Another commented: “I hope they have the same in the girl’s toilets and not just the men bc??? ‘We will call the police’ does sound a bit unhinged tho. Highly doubt they’ll call the police on any client who asks without questions?? The signs for women never say that.”

After information about his relationship with the Aquaman actress surfaced during the widely-publicized six-week defamation case in Fairfax, Virginia, the tavern reportedly dubbed its drink the “Johnny Depp shot.”

The Danish Girl actress Amber was found guilty of defaming Johnny Depp in an opinion piece she wrote for the Washington Post in 2018.

Johnny Depp Shot:' US bar sells new drink to help men feeling 'unsafe and  scared'

Depp’s legal team claimed that the article was defamatory against her ex-husband even though he wasn’t mentioned in the passage where she claimed she had been the victim of domestic abuse.

He was given $10.4 million in compensation and punitive damages by the court after they agreed. Out of the $100 million in compensatory damages that Heard sought in her countersuit, she was given $2 million.

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Mickey Rourke claims Amber Heard is a ‘gold digger’ as her request for a retrial against Johnny Depp is rejected.

UUS actor Mickey Rourke has weighed in on the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp saga and spoke about how he also got unfairly canceled after a false allegation against the celebrity cost him both his reputation and career.

US actor Mickey Rourke said he feels bad for Johnny Depp. Picture: Getty Images

As he commented on the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp controversy, US actor Mickey Rourke claimed he was wrongly fired from a role after someone made an accusation against him, costing him both his reputation and career.

After a jury determined that Johnny Depp had been slandered by his ex-wife, the 69-year-old actor admitted to Piers Morgan that he felt awful for his friend and fellow performer Depp.

“I felt bad for somebody that’s trying to get chopped down by some gold digger, you know?” he told Piers Morgan Uncensored, which aired on Tuesday night.

Acrimonious: Johnny won his libel case against Amber, 36, (pictured) in June, saying he now has 'his life back' after the jury ruled he was defamed and awarded him $15million

Morgan asked whether he believes Heard is a gold digger, to which Rourke fiercely replied, “abso-f**king-lutely. Absolutely”.

Rourke then cited a similar experience to Depp.

“I’ve known Johnny for many years but I don’t really know him intimately,” he said.

“All I can say is I was in a situation one time where I got blamed for something I didn’t do. It cost me movie jobs for several years and it caused me a bad reputation finally, the truth came out but the truth came out after I lost movies and lost jobs.”

Not holding back: Piers asked Mickey if he thought Amber is a gold-digger and he replied: 'Abso- f***ing-lutely. Absolutely'

After detailing her experiences as a victim of domestic violence in a 2018 op-ed, Heard was found guilty of three defamation accusations brought by her ex-husband.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor asserted his career was “done” the moment the charges were published, despite the fact that she never specifically identified Depp by name.

However, a judge found that the claims she made about her marriage were “false” and that she had acted with “actual malice”.

Of the USD$50 million he claimed in damages, she was ordered to pay her ex-husband US$10.35 million in compensation.

Once so close: Mickey (left) and Johnny (right ) - who worked together on 2003's Once Upon A Time In Mexico - seen together in 1993

A 43-page document asking for a fresh trial or for the verdict to be “set aside” was presented to the Fairfax County Circuit Court on Friday. The document was rejected by a Virginia court on Wednesday.

In response, Heard’s attorneys claimed that the jury’s $10.35m verdict was “inconsistent and irreconcilable” with its finding that she and Depp had defamed one another.

“The juror was vetted, sat for the entire jury, deliberated, and reached a verdict,” Judge Azcarate wrote in a statement on Wednesday.

“The only evidence before this court is that this juror and all jurors followed their oaths, the court’s instructions, and orders.

Mickey Rourke claims Amber Heard is a 'f***ing gold digger' as her request  for a retrial against Johnny Depp is rejected | Sky News Australia

“This court is bound by the competent decision of the jury.” 

When asked what he thought of Heard, Mickey played it safe. ‘I have no idea, I don’t know anything about her. I know nothing about her at all.’

He then got back to Johnny. ‘I think he’s a really good guy, always been low key, a gentleman,’ said the former boxer.

The second part of Piers Morgan’s Mickey Rourke interview aired on Tuesday on Piers Morgan Uncensored at 8 pm.

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US Judge rejects Amber Heard bid for a new trial with Johnny Depp

On Wednesday, a judge denied Amber Heard’s request for a new trial in her defamation dispute with ex-husband Johnny Depp. The judge also dismissed her attorneys’ claim that one of the jurors had been selected inappropriately.

When a jury in Fairfax County, Virginia, found Heard had slandered “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Depp in a newspaper opinion piece, they sentenced her to pay Depp $10.35 million in damages.

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Jurors determined last month that Heard had in fact defamed her former spouse when she claimed to be a victim of domestic abuse after the celebrity ex-couple had fought for weeks in court. Depp was given over $8 million by the jury, and his supporters have since hailed his success as evidence that he was the true victim of their tumultuous marriage.

Heard, along with her legal counsel, did not accept defeat kindly and has persisted in contesting the decision.

Judge denies Amber Heard's motion to end Johnny Depp trial - Los Angeles  Times

They requested that the judgment be overturned or a new trial is scheduled in a 48-page filing earlier this month, according to MailOnline, on the grounds that the initial case “proceeded solely on a defamation by implication theory, abandoning any claims that Ms. Heard’s statements were actually false.”

Heard’s team also referenced Juror 15’s claimed improper vetting in the court brief as justification for a new trial. The potential juror answered a summons for a jury that was sent to his father, who has the same name and address.

“The court cannot assume, as Mr. Depp asks it to, that Juror 15’s apparently improper service was an innocent mistake. It could have been an intentional attempt to serve on the jury of a high-profile case,” Heard’s lawyers wrote in the filing.

Judge Penney Azcarate, who presided over the trial earlier this year, was not persuaded to reopen the case despite their arguments.

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Judge Azcarate dismissed their request for a retrial in a written order issued yesterday (July 13), stating that the grievance against Juror 15 was irrelevant.

“The juror was vetted, sat for the entire jury, deliberated, and reached a verdict,” said Azcarate, adding: “The only evidence before this court is that this juror and all jurors followed their oaths, the court’s instructions, and orders. This court is bound by the competent decision of the jury.”

Heard can still appeal the verdict at the Virginia Court of Appeals.

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Amber Heard’s insurance refuses to pay $8m damages as she ‘wilfully’ defamed Johnny Depp

Since the actress “wilfully” defamed” Johnny Depp, Amber Heard’s insurance company claims that it is not required to pay a part of the $8 million in damages due to him.

Amber Heard's insurance company is refusing to cover part of the $8.3million in damages the actress owes ex-husband Johnny Depp following her defamation trial in May

The Aquaman actress was found guilty of defaming her ex-husband Depp after she published a 2018 article about experiencing domestic abuse, and she was sentenced to pay him $15 million (£12 million) in compensation and punitive damages as a result.

Heard’s countersuit for $100 million (£83 million) was successful on one count, and she was awarded damages of $2 million (£1.6 million), bringing her total obligation to the 59-year-old to over $8 million (£6.6 million).

Consequently, the 36-year-old was hopeful that her $1 million (£800,000) liability policy with New York Marine and General Insurance Co. would save her from having to pay the amount.

Nevertheless, despite the fact that the policy covers a variety of wrongful acts, including defamation, TMZ pointed out that under California law, which controls the policy, an insurance company is not obligated to pay if the insured party engaged in wrongful, willful misbehavior.

The company stated that in addition to the jury finding Amber guilty of intentional defamation, it was also determined that her actions were malicious.

New York Marine are currently asking the judge to rule that, in accordance with their policy and the law, they are not obligated to cover the Danish Girl star’s damages.

After losing the defamation case, Amber’s attorneys are now asking the court to declare a “mistrial,” alleging juror “error.”

According to the actress’s legal team’s filing, a 77-year-old who was summoned for jury duty really appears to reside at the same location as a 52-year-old with “the same surname” and was the juror actually seated during the trial.

Amber recently said that she could see why some could brand her and her ex-husband as “Hollywood brats” for taking their disputes to court, but she stressed that the case involved much more than just a former couple exposing their dirty laundry in public.

Johnny Depp during the trial

Speaking to NBC Today journalist Savannah Guthrie during her first TV interview after losing the court battle, she admitted: ‘I would not blame the average person for looking at this and how this has been covered and thinking that this is Hollywood brats at their worst.

‘But what people don’t understand is that it is actually so much bigger than that. This is not only about our First Amendment right to speak.’ The 36-year-old celebrity added that she was shocked by the “vitriol” directed at her on social media. She also insisted that she spotted Johnny’s supporters waving banners with death threats outside the courthouse.

Amber Heard interview with Savannah Guthrie on TODAY June 15 2022

‘Every single day I passed three, four, sometimes six city blocks lined with people holding signs saying ‘Burn the witch’ and ‘Death to Amber’,’ she claimed.

‘After three-and-a-half weeks I took the stand and saw a courtroom packed full of Captain Jack Sparrow fans who were vocal, energized.’

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Johnny Depp’s attorneys ask the judge to deny Amber Heard’s request for a mistrial

Regardless of whether Amber Heard’s new claims of juror discrepancy are true or not, Johnny Depp rejected her request for the judge who presided over their joint defamation lawsuit to declare a mistrial.

After claiming that a 77-year-old had been called to court to serve on the jury but that a 52-year-old residing at the same home had actually turned up and participated, Heard’s defense team asked for a mistrial.

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These “newly found facts,” according to her legal team, should cause the defamation trial verdict to be thrown out, and a new trial should be held.

A piece Heard wrote for the Washington Post in 2018 about becoming a public figure representing domestic abuse has been the focal point of the trial involving the two actors.

Johnny Depp asks judge to deny Amber Heard's 'frivolous' request for  mistrial

Although Depp was not specifically mentioned in the story, he insisted it was defamatory because it implied he had assaulted her while they were married.

Heard was ordered to pay around $10 million in damages to Depp at the conclusion of the trial, and he was ordered to pay her $2 million.

According to E! News, Depp has now responded with a request that the motion for a mistrial is struck down.

Johnny Depp was awarded more than $10 million in damages from Amber Heard. Credit: Alamy

According to Depp’s legal team, Heard’s attorneys “had more than enough time” to look into the potential jurors, and the person who ended up on the panel after another was summoned was still “competent to serve as a juror.”

Additionally, they claimed that the request for a mistrial was made on July 8—seven days after the deadline set by the court for a challenge to the verdict.

The filing of Depp’s official response said: “Though understandably displeased with the outcome of the trial, Ms. Heard has identified no legitimate basis to set aside in any respect the jury’s decision.

“Mr. Depp respectfully submits that the Court should deny Ms. Heard’s Post-Trial Motions, which verge into the frivolous.”

Amber Heard. Credit: Alamy

Heard had previously challenged the defamation trial’s decision, and her legal team argued that one of the three remarks that had been determined to be defamatory of Depp was not actually written by her.

They contend that the headline shouldn’t be used against the actor because she didn’t write it.

Heard retweeted the piece after it was published, according to Depp’s counsel, and it counts as “actionable republication.”

Johnny Depp asks judge to throw out Amber Heard's request for a new trial  over fake juror claim | The Independent

After being sued by an insurance company over the outcome of the defamation trial, the Aquaman star is now dealing with further problems.

The New York Marine and General Insurance Company, who insured her at the time she wrote the Washington Post story, is suing her because they feel they shouldn’t be responsible for paying for the costs of the trial or her damages.

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