Amber Heard lawyers demand verdict is overturned in Johnny Depp tria

Amber Heard lawyers demand verdict is overturned in Johnny Depp tria

Amber Heard lawyers demand verdict is overturned in Johnny Depp tria

Amber Heard lawyers demand verdict is overturned in Johnny Depp tria

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  • Amber Heard’s lawyers have officially asked for the jury’s decision to be overturned.
  • Also want the $10m damages she was ordered to pay Johnny Depp scrapped.
  • Heard gave him a $10.35 million damage award, but she only gave him a $2 million settlement.
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Amber Heard lawyers argue the verdict was not supported by evidence and are demanding a new trial along with the scrapping of the $10m.

Amber Heard legal team has officially asked for the jury’s decision in her case against Johnny Depp to be overturned.

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Ms. Heard’s attorneys contended in a 43-page memorandum submitted on Friday (July 1) that the final decision should be completely overturned, along with the $10 million in damages she was ordered to pay Depp, because they were “inconsistent and irreconcilable.”

The defence team has asked for a new trial, contending that the evidence did not support the verdict.

“Mr. Depp presented no evidence that Ms. Heard did not believe she was abused,” the attorneys wrote.

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“Therefore, Mr. Depp did not meet the legal requirements for actual malice, and the verdict should be set aside.”

Elaine Bredehoft, one of Heard’s attorneys, claimed that Depp’s legal team abandoned “any claims that Ms. Heard’s words were actually false” and that their lawsuit was based “solely on a defamation by implication theory.”

In the wake of the trial’s conclusion at the beginning of June, Heard was held responsible for three defamation claims.

A juror, according to the actress’ legal team, was not properly vetted, and they urged the court to “investigate improper juror service” while also questioning whether they should have been allowed to serve on the jury in the first place.

Despite court records showing the juror’s birth year as 1945, they assert that they were born in 1970.

“This discrepancy raises the question whether Juror 15 actually received a summons for jury duty and was properly vetted by the court to serve on the jury,” the lawyers wrote.

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Ben Chew, Depp’s lead attorney, responded to the motion in a statement issued to Courthouse News, saying that the lengthy memorandum was what they were expecting and “no more substantive” but “just longer”.

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Both celebrities were found guilty of defaming one another at trial, but Depp significantly prevailed in terms of damages.

Heard gave him a $10.35 million damage award, but she only gave him a $2 million settlement. Heard was therefore left with a significant $8.35 million debt to Depp. Heard announced that she would be appealing the decision as soon as the verdict was announced and claimed she could not afford the damages.

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