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Celeb ZoneAmber Heard demands that defamation verdict is overturned

Amber Heard demands that defamation verdict is overturned

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Amber Heard‘s legal team filed a motion to have the verdict of her blockbuster defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp thrown out.

Lawyers representing Heard, 36, filed the motion on Friday on the grounds that the verdict that she had defamed Depp, 59, were not supported by evidence. 

They also alleged that a juror had not been properly vetted, and questioned whether that juror was even supposed to be allowed on the jury. 

In a 43-page memorandum Heard’s lawyers argued that the verdict – and the $10million in damages she now owes Depp – should be tossed out on the grounds that during the trial Depp ‘proceeded solely on a defamation by implication theory, abandoning any claims that Ms. Heard’s statements were actually false.’

Depp’s lead attorney, Ben Chew, responded to the motion in a statement to Courthouse News, saying ‘What we expected, just longer, no more substantive.’

Lawyers representing Heard, 36, filed the motion on Friday on the grounds that the verdict that she had defamed Depp, 59, were not supported by evidence

Lawyers representing Heard, 36, filed the motion on Friday on the grounds that the verdict that she had defamed Depp, 59, were not supported by evidence

Lawyers representing Heard, 36, filed the motion on Friday on the grounds that the verdict that she had defamed Depp, 59, were not supported by evidence 

Depp's lead attorney, Ben Chew, responded to the motion in a statement to Courthouse News, saying 'What we expected, just longer, no more substantive'

Depp's lead attorney, Ben Chew, responded to the motion in a statement to Courthouse News, saying 'What we expected, just longer, no more substantive'

Depp’s lead attorney, Ben Chew, responded to the motion in a statement to Courthouse News, saying ‘What we expected, just longer, no more substantive’

The motion casts doubt on the validity of the jury selection process, pointing out a juror – identified as Juror 15 – whose birth year was listed as 1945 in court records. 

The filing argues that Juror 15 ‘was clearly born later than 1945. Publicly available information demonstrates that he appears to have been born in 1970.’

‘This discrepancy raises the question whether Juror 15 actually received a summons for jury duty and was properly vetted by the court to serve on the jury.’

‘It appears his identity could not have been verified,’ the filing reads. 

Both celebrities were found to have defamed each other in the June verdict, but the cards fell considerably in Depp's favor

Both celebrities were found to have defamed each other in the June verdict, but the cards fell considerably in Depp's favor

Both celebrities were found to have defamed each other in the June verdict, but the cards fell considerably in Depp’s favor

Judge Penney Azcarate has made it clear that she does not want to case to carry forward as it stands, dismissing requests from Heard’s team for more hearings during the most recent meeting related to the case on June 24, in which the judge finalized the verdict in the court’s records. 

Judge Azcarate told Heard’s team that day that if they wanted an appeal, they could file for one with the court. 

Both celebrities were found to have defamed each other in the June verdict, but the cards fell considerably in Depp’s favor. 

He was awarded $10.35million in damages from Heard, while she was awarded just $2million in damages from Depp. All told, Heard was left owing Depp a whopping $8.35million. 

Heard has indicated that she cannot afford to pay Depp the damages.  

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