Amber Heard demands new Johnny Depp lawsuit


Amber Heard’s legal battle with Johnny Depp seems far from over as her lawyers persevere in their efforts to have the case heard again.

Amber Heard’s lawyers have heard calls to hear her defamation case in a new trial after discovering new “facts and information”.

The sensational showdown between Johnny Depp and Heard came to an end last month when the jury ruled in favor of the Pirates of the Caribbean star.

Heard was ordered to pay Depp $10 million ($A14 million) in defamation damages and $5 million ($A7 million) in punitive damages after the jury found she “acted with genuine malice.”

Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Penney Azcarate reduced the damages the jury awarded Depp by $350,000 ($A487,000), the state’s legal limit, reducing his total damages to $10.4 million ($A14.49 million). ) used to be.

The jury agreed with one aspect of Heard’s allegation — that she was defamed by Depp’s attorney — and awarded her $2 million ($A2.78 million) in compensation and $0 in punitive damages.

Heard’s lawyers have since come across what they believe was evidence of “improper jury service” and have called for the multimillion-dollar case to be retried.

Documents filed Friday (local time) by Heard’s legal team said that as a result of exposing “newly discovered facts and information” about an individual juror, a mistrial must be declared,PA medium reported.

The claim involved a person who was called up to serve as a juror, but was replaced before the trial began.

“Juror No. 15 was not the individual called up for jury duty on April 11, 2022 and, therefore, was not part of the jury panel and was unable to sit properly on the jury during this trial,” the documents read, seen by the publication. , to read .

“As the Court will no doubt agree, it is deeply disturbing for a person who has not been called up for jury duty to appear for jury duty and serve on a jury, especially in a case like this.

“This was a high-profile case, in which the fact and date of the jury trial gained a lot of publicity before and after the juror’s subpoena was issued.”

The legal team argued that Heard had a right “to rely on basic protection … that the jurors in this trial would be individuals who had actually been called up for jury duty”.

For this reason, the process has been jeopardized, the lawyers said.

“Under these circumstances, a mistrial and a retrial ordered,” they wrote.

“For all the reasons set forth above and in the original memorandum, Ms. Heard respectfully requests this court to declare a mistrial for improper jury service in violation of her right to trial, and order a new trial, and any other action.” or facility that may be appropriate.”

Her legal team has previously filed claims that the decision made on June 1 had failed to properly consider the evidence presented during the six-week trial.

In the defamation trial, which began on April 11, both sides made explosive charges against each other as they testified about their tumultuous relationship.

Heard was sued by Depp for $50 million ($A67 million) over a Washington Post op-ed she wrote in 2018 that suggested he was abusing her. Though she didn’t name him, he claimed her accusations were false and cost him lucrative movie roles. Heard filed a counterclaim for $100 million ($A134 million), alleging she had suffered “rampant physical assault and abuse” at the hands of her ex-husband.

After meeting on the set of The Rum Diaries, Depp, 58, and Heard, 36, began dating in early 2012, before getting married in 2015 in a private ceremony.

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