Amber Heard has asked a judge to toss the $10 million verdict as a result of her recent defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp
Heard claims that the jury was improperly vetted.
Heard argues that the $10.35 million settlement (in favor of Depp) was NOT supported by the evidence provided during the trial.
Her lawyers Elaine Bredehoft and Ben Rottenborn argued that Judge Penney Azcarate should throw away the judgment and dismiss the complaint in Fairfax County District Court in Virginia, in a 43-page motion.
“This discrepancy raises the question of whether Juror 15 actually received a summons for jury duty and was properly vetted by the Court to serve on the jury,” the motion read.
“While Mr. Depp asserted he lost Pirates 6 because of the Op-Ed, there is no evidence upon which the jury can rely to reach such a conclusion,” the motion reads. “Mr. Depp did not have a contract for Pirates 6, there was media coverage that Mr. Depp would not be in Pirates 6 as of October 25, 2018 — two months before the Op-Ed, Mr. Depp’s agent testified that it was very likely Mr. Depp would not be in Pirates 6 as of Fall 2018, and Mr. Depp testified that he would not have agreed to play a role in Pirates 6 for ‘$300 million and a million alpacas,” says Bredehoft.
“The verdict is excessive as a matter of law in light of the evidence and law, and should be set aside,” they wrote.
Depp was awarded $10.35 million after proving that his ex-wife Amber Heard caused him to lose many business opportunities as a result of her op-ed in the Washington Post in 2018.
Heard painted her ex to be a physically abusive man, something that caused Depp to lose an opportunity to play his role as the famous “Jack Sparrow” in the hit Disney production, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.’
The five films Depp had acted in grossed a total of $4.524 billion.
Depp claimed that 3 statements in particular in the op-ed were defamatory, including the headline which referred to Heard as a survivor of sexual assault.
Heard countersued Depp and earned herself a sweet $2 million on a claim that a statement made by Depp’s attorney was libelous.
Adam Waldman, Depp’s lawyer, had told the press that Heard’s allegations were a “hoax.”
The latest motion from Heard’s team alleges that Depp failed to prove that the op-ed cost the actor his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean” six, noting that a contract had not been signed.
“Mr. Depp presented no evidence of any pecuniary damages suffered,” wrote lawyers for the former “Aquaman” actress.
Heard’s attorneys also argued that Depp inappropriately broadened the period of damages to stretch back by 6 years.
The trial was supposed to stay focused on evidence from December 18, 2018 (when the op-ed was published) to November 2, 2020.
The filing largely rehashed the defense case that Heard’s team presented at trial, which the jury rejected. Heard has said she plans to appeal, and the latest submission is the first step in that process.
Johnny Depp will be back in court soon!
Depp is scheduled for another civil trial in July in Los Angeles.
A location manager on the set of “City of Lies” filed a lawsuit accusing Depp of slugging him in 2017.