After almost two months of hearinglast Wednesday, June 1, the Virginia tribulan issued its verdict of the media trial that pitted Johnny Depp against Amber Heard. The ruling was in favor of the actor, determining that his ex-wife acted with “malice” in his publication in The Washington Post in which he accused him, without mentioning him, of domestic violence.
The court ruled that Amber Heard You must pay the actor 10 million in damages and another 5 million as a fine, although the amount was lowered to 350,000 dollars. For his part, the jury also determined that Johnny Depp defamed his ex-wife for which he must pay 2 million dollars. Little more than a month after the end of the public hearing, the sentence has not yet been made effective; However, the interpreter born in Austin, Texas, and her lawyers have a plan to annul the trial and start from scratch.
WHAT DOES AMBER HEARD INTEND TO DO TO VOID THE TRIAL AGAINST JHONNY DEPP?
The lawyers of both celebs of the United States did not reach an agreement to reduce the compensation that the actress has to pay to the actor for damaging her image. So now, Amber Heard has asked a Virginia state judge to annul the trial alleging that the evidence does not hold up.
According to the actress’s legal team, Depp was unable to prove that his career and reputation were affected by Heard’s 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post. Even more so, when, according to the defense of the actress, at no time did she name the interpreter of “Pirates of the Caribbean”. For this reason, she has asked that the verdict be annulled or even that the trial be repeated.
The cancellation request
On the other hand, the actress has filed a 43-page motion where she asks that the previous trial be annulled because it would not have been supported by that evidence. “There was no evidence of any lost projects or business opportunities due to the op-ed”, he assures. In addition, his attorneys found that one of the jurors lied or misrepresented himself when writing his date of birth.
“Mister. Depp did not submit evidence of pecuniary damages suffered in the limited period of December 18, 2018 to November 2, 2020 as a result of the opinion piece.notes elsewhere in the motion that the “Aquaman” star filed.
The jury’s mistake
Regarding the juror who provided bad personal information, it is number 15who, according to the evidence presented by the defense of the actress, there were discrepancies between the age of birth and his official identification.
“This discrepancy raises the question of whether juror 15 actually received a jury summons and whether he was properly vetted by the court for jury duty.”can be read in Heard’s motion.
“On the list of council votes, the court noted that one individual had a birth date of 1945, a date that clearly does not match his actual age.”follow the document.
According to some media in the United States, said member of the jury was actually born in 1970, so this error may cause the trial to be repeated.
What has the defense of Johnny Depp said?
After the request for annulment of the trial was made public by the team of lawyers of the actress, the lawyer of Johnny Depp, Ben Chew responded to the allegation and did not seem surprised by the plan of the other party. “It is what we expected, longer, but not more substantive”says in a statement to Courthouse News.