the actress is officially appealing her conviction

the actress is officially appealing her conviction

Amber Heard during her testimony against Johnny Depp on May 4, 2022 – Jim Lo Scalzo – AFP

She was ordered to pay $10 million in damages to Johnny Depp after he sued her, accusing her of “libel”.

A new legal episode in sight? Amber Heard, who was sentenced last June to pay damages to Johnny Depp who accused her of defamation, has decided to appeal, reports, among other American media, the New York Post.

According to the same source, the actress’ lawyers filed a “Notice of Intent to Appeal” on Thursday in Fairfax County Court, Virginia, where the hearings took place.

After a trial followed by a large audience, the star was ordered to pay 10 million dollars to her ex-husband, who had accused her of defamation for an article in the washington post in 2018 in which she claimed to have been the victim of “domestic violence”. For his part, Amber Heard had obtained that the actor pays him 2 million dollars.

Johnny Depp remains “confident”

“We believe the court made errors that prevented a just and fair First Amendment-compliant verdict. We are therefore appealing that verdict. While we realize today’s filing will ignite the ‘fires of Twitter joy’, there are steps we need to take to ensure both fairness and justice,” a spokesperson for the actress told the outlet. TMZ.

For their part, reacting to this request for an appeal, the clan of Johnny Depp reacted this Thursday to the DailyMail“The jury listened to the extensive evidence presented over the course of the six-week trial and returned a clear and unanimous verdict that [Amber Heard] herself defamed Mr. Depp, on multiple occasions. We remain confident in our case and believe this verdict will stand.”

Actress says she’s unable to pay $10 million

The actress had first tried to have the verdict annulled to relaunch a new procedure due to doubts about the identity of one of the jurors. A request that Judge Penney Azcarate, who presided over the proceedings in the Fairfax court, rejected on July 13, considering that the actress had not “suffered harm”.

Amber Heard had also already made known her intention to appeal through her lawyer, Elaine Bredehott. The day after the verdict, it had also indicated that the actress could “absolutely not” pay 10 million in damages to Johnny Depp. A request for appeal being one of the solutions considered.

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