Just a month ago Johnny Depp (‘Pirates of the Caribbean’) filed a formal appeal against the final verdict of the high-profile defamation trial between him and Amber Heard (‘Aquaman’). The result of the case exposes that the actor must pay the actress 2 million dollars for damages and prejudices and that Heard has to pay her ex-husband 10 million for compensatory damages and 5 for punitive damages.
This time it has been the actress who has legally ruled on the final verdict through a formal appeal in the courts of Virginia with the aim of having said verdict revoked.
In the document presented by Heard’s lawyers on November 23, whose information has been collected by Deadlinethe following is defended in favor of the actress: “The court wrongly refused to dismiss this action based on forum non conveniens (when a court recognizes that another forum or court is a more appropriate venue for a legal case and the case is transferred to that forum) based on his erroneous conclusion that Depp’s claims arose in Virginia because the Washington Post’s servers are located here. The court also erred in overturning Heard’s objection in which he argued that the statements brought to trial are non-actionable expressions of opinion and are not reasonably capable of conveying the alleged defamatory implication.” The document goes on to explain that maintaining this disability to what lawyers call “non-actionable expressions of opinion” will have “chilling effects” in other women who want to talk about the abuse they suffer from “mighty men”
The formal appeal seeks that, by excluding evidentiary evidence in his favor and considering it irrelevant and prejudicial, the final verdict in which Heard has to pay more than 10 million dollars is reversed or annulled in a new trial. The brief from Heard’s lawyers goes on to say: “This case shouldn’t have gone to trial either. because another court had already concluded that Depp abused Heard on multiple occasions. After Depp filed this case, the UK High Court of Justice ruled in a separate libel action brought by Depp. that the accusations of abuse of Heard were true“.
In early November, Depp filed his own formal appeal, arguing that the actor should not pay the $2 million that was listed at the end of the case. Now that both interpreters have presented their respective appeals, a jury will have to study them and decide the verdict of both. Depending on the outcome and Depp and Heard’s disagreement with it, the case could go to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. If this is the case, it would not be strange if the trial took several years to be finally closed.