Defamation lawsuit against Johnny Depp | Amber Heard is appealing the verdict

(Washington) Actress Amber Heard on Thursday appealed the verdict in the high-profile defamation lawsuit against her ex-husband Johnny Depp in the United States.

Posted at 1:57 p.m

The 36-year-old actress was ordered to pay the star $10 million Pirates of the Caribbean who, after the judgment of 1ah June from a court near Washington.

Attorneys for Amber Heard, who failed to get the trial dismissed over formalities, formalized their intention to appeal the matter on Thursday.

“We believe the court made errors that prevented it from reaching a judgment that was just, fair and respectful of the First Amendment,” which guarantees freedom of speech, its spokesman said in a press release.

“We are aware that this appeal will inflame Twitter, but it is a necessary step to ensure justice is done,” they added.

The legal battle between the ex-spouses stems from a column published by the Washington Post in 2018, in which Amber Heard described herself as “a public figure who represents domestic violence,” without naming her ex-husband.

Johnny Depp, 59, asserted that the text destroyed his reputation and career and had sued his ex-wife for defamation, seeking $50 million in damages. Amber Heard countered and demanded the double.

After a six-week trial, the Fairfax court jury concluded that the ex-spouses defamed each other, but felt the damage Johnny Depp suffered was greater.

The high-profile trial, televised live, was watched by millions of viewers around the world and sparked a flood of abusive messages directed at the actress on social media.

The two actors began a romantic relationship in 2011 and married in 2015. Amber Heard filed for divorce in 2016 and claims to have been a victim of domestic violence, something Johnny Depp has always denied. She dropped those charges when the divorce was finalized in 2017.

After an initial trial in London in 2020, which referenced an article published in The Sun tabloid that portrayed Johnny Depp as an “abusive husband”, the British judiciary had ruled against the actor because “the vast majority of alleged assaults had been proven”.

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