Amber Heard’s lawyers are asking a judge to overturn a $10.35 million judgment against ex-husband Johnny Depp in her defamation lawsuit.
According to court documents accessed by ET, Heard’s lawyers on Friday filed a motion after the trial, claiming that the evidence presented in the case does not support the verdict and raising concerns that jurors have One of them was not properly tested.
In the motion, Heard’s lawyers called the jury’s decision to award Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages “excessive” and “inevitable.” A legal damages award up to $350,000 per state limit.
Hurd, for her part, was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages by the jury for her counterclaim, but nothing in punitive damages. The jury found Depp liable after his attorney referred to Heard’s claims as “hoax.”
The lawsuit, originally filed in 2019, stemmed from a December 2018 op-ed in which she wrote Washington Post, where she claimed to be a victim of domestic violence along with other allegations. While Depp was not addressed by name, his lawyers argued that the piece discredited him and caused significant damage to his career.
The new motions filed by Hart argue that Depp’s legal team did not provide evidence of “genuine malice” in relation to his op-ed. This would mean that Depp’s team had to prove that when Heard wrote the article, he did not believe he had been abused, and had intentionally lied about being abused by Depp.
“Instead, the evidence overwhelmingly supported Ms. Heard’s belief that she was the victim of abuse at the hands of Mr. Depp,” the motion said.
“Because actual malice is a subjective standard, whether Ms Heard believes she was abused should be judged by the definition of abuse,” the proposal argues. “Ms. Heard testified explicitly that Mr. Depp abused her physically, emotionally and psychologically. Mr. Depp presented no evidence that Ms. Heard believed that the abuse could have been physical, emotional or psychological. Is.”
The motion also asked the judge to look into “potentially unfair juror service.”
The documents claim that juror 15 was listed as born in 1945 in documents given to legal teams and presented through court before trial. However, the proposal claims that publicly available information states that Juror 15 was actually born in 1970.
“This discrepancy raises the question of whether Jury 15 had actually received a summons to jury duty and was properly examined by the Court for serving on the jury,” the motion claims.
The documents argue that “Ms Heard’s due process was compromised” because of a possible discrepancy, and that this should be taken into account and treated as the basis for ordering a new trial.
Watch the video below for more details on the legal battle between Depp and Heard.
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