Amber Heard has filed a formal notice appealing the outcome of her multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit against ex-husband Johnny Depp.
The “Aquaman” actress’ legal team filed documents in the Virginia Court of Appeals on Thursday, alleging that errors in the trial prevented the return of a “fair and just verdict.”
“We believe the court made errors that prevented a fair and honest sentencing consistent with the First Amendment,” a spokesman for I heard said.
“That is why we are appealing the verdict.
“While we realize today’s filing will stoke the fires on Twitter, there are steps we must take to ensure both honesty and fairness.”
Heard was ordered to pay $10.35 million (£8.43m) for defamation of the Pirates of the Caribbean star after the judge in their defamation case granted a written order.
She announced her intention to appeal the sentence day after its delivery, on June 1 this year.
The actress described feeling “heartbroken” and “disappointed beyond words” after the jury sided with Depp.
She said she was subjected to a “campaign” of abuse and daily death threats on social media, which left her “harassed, humiliated, threatened every day”.
Judge Penny Azcarate, who oversaw the six-week trial in Virginia’s Fairfax County District Court, has already rejected Heard’s claims of improper court service.
Her legal team called a retrial of defamation casewhich has come under intense scrutiny because of “newly discovered facts and information” that have come to light.
One of the jurors originally called for the trial failed to appear and was replaced, attorneys said.
They also said the verdict in Depp’s favor was not supported by evidence presented during the six-week trial.
But Judge Azkarate said the jury issue was irrelevant.
Heard, 36, could not show how she was prejudiced, the judge added.
In the article published in December 2018, she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence”.
Depp’s lawyers said the material falsely accused him of being an abuser.
However, he was ordered to pay $2m (£1.62m) to Heard based on a counterclaim that she had been defamed by one of his legal representatives.
The 59-year-old actor was not in court to hear the sentence, but said afterwards he was “truly humbled” as he revealed how the charges had had a “seismic impact” on his life and career.
“From the beginning, the purpose of bringing this case was to get the truth out, regardless of the outcome,” he said.
“Telling the truth was something I owed to my children and to all those who remained steadfast in their support for me.
“I feel at peace knowing that I have finally achieved this.
Heard argued that the outcome of the trial “turns back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated.”
“I’m sorry I lost this case,” she added.
“But I’m even more saddened that I seem to have lost the one right I thought I had as an American — to speak freely and openly.”
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