Actress Amber Heard requested for a fresh trial in her defamation case against her former husband Johnny Depp. Her request has been denied by a Virginia court in the US. The judge who had presided over the six weeks trial that took place from April to June has issued a written order and has denied Heard’s request for the June 1 verdict in the high-profile trial set aside, or have a mistrial declared.
After the trial was over Heard was ordered to pay $10 million in compensatory damages and $3.5 million in punitive damages in the verdict, while on the other hand Depp was ordered to pay Amber $2 million.
During the last week it was seen that Heard’s lawyers had filed a motion which stated that one of the jurors chosen for the trial of Amber Heard VS Johnny Depp was not the same person who had received the jury summons. While on the other hand Depp’s legal team had rejected the efforts which were made by Amber’s lawyers and had called filing ‘frivolous’.
While in the recent order Judge Penney Azcarate has rejected all of the Amber’s claims and has said that the juror issue specifically was irrelevant and that Amber can’t show she was prejudiced. As per the reports it is said that, Judge Penney Azcarate wrote, “The juror was vetted, sat for the entire jury, deliberated, and reached a verdict. The only evidence before this Court is that this juror and all jurors followed their oaths, the Court’s instructions, and orders. This Court is bound by the competent decision of the jury.”
Depp Sued Amber in Defamation Case Back in 2019
Talking about Amber and Johnny Depp’s case, back in March 2019 Johnny sued Amber for defamation after it was seen that Heard had written a 2018 op-ed piece in The Washington Post about domestic violence. The article did not mention Johnny by name, but his lawyers said the article defamed him by referring to allegations of abuse as she filed for divorce in 2016.