Amber Heard’s Request For New Trial In Johnny Depp Defamation Case Rejected By US Court

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Amber Heard’s request for a fresh trial in the defamation case against ex-husband Johnny Depp has been denied by a Virginia court in the US. Reports revealed that the judge, who presided over the six-week trial in April-June, issued a written order on Wednesday (July 13) rejecting Amber’s request.

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In a written order Wednesday, Judge Penny Azkart dismissed Amber’s claims, saying the juror’s point was irrelevant and Amber could not show that she was prejudiced. The order read, “The juror was examined, sat for the entire jury, deliberated, and reached a verdict. The only evidence before this Court is that this juror and all jurors have made their oaths, the directions of the Court.” and complied with orders. This Court is bound by the competent decision of the jury.”

Last week, Amber’s lawyers filed a motion to quash the verdict, or declare a wrongdoing, in the high-profile lawsuit. Amber’s lawyers said the jury members selected for the Amber Heard v. Johnny Depp trial were not the same persons who received the jury summons. Johnny’s legal team opposed Amber’s request, calling it “frivolous”.

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Amber and Johnny tied the knot in 2015, but the actress filed for divorce a year later in 2016. The actress also filed for a restraining order claiming that Depp was abusive. In the defamation suit, Depp also accused Amber of physical abuse. The jury concluded in its ruling that ‘they were both abusive to each other’ but Amber’s team failed to prove that Johnny’s abuse was physical.

Amber was ordered to pay $10.35 million in compensatory damages, while Johnny was ordered to pay Amber $2 million.

Story First published: Thursday, July 14, 2022, 17:32 [IST]

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