US actress Amber Heard (36) wants to appeal against the jury verdict in the defamation trial between her and her ex-husband Johnny Depp (59). Her legal team informed the court in Fairfax County, Virginia, on Thursday, the industry publication Deadline.com reported, citing court documents.
The actress’ voice team told TMZ.com that the court made a mistake and prevented a “fair” verdict. Depp’s representatives, on the other hand, were confident that the verdict would remain in favor of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star.
The jury made a “clear and unanimous” verdict, a spokesman for the actor said on Thursday, according to Variety.
After a six-week defamation trial, in which the former spouses had accused themselves of domestic violence, the jury largely sided with Depp in early June – but also agreed with Heard on some points.
She has to pay Depp more than $10 million in damages for defamation. Depp, in turn, owes her two million dollars for statements by his ex-lawyer that are said to have damaged Heard’s reputation, according to the jury’s decision.
At the core of the civil lawsuit filed by Depp was a 2018 comment published by the Washington Post in which Heard described himself as a victim of domestic violence.
Last week, Heard failed with a motion to overturn the verdict because of possible procedural errors. Judge Penney Azcarate declined to overturn the verdict and related claims for damages.
Heard’s attorneys had argued that the identity of one of the seven jurors had not been verified. Accordingly, a younger man belonged to the jury, although his father had been written to as a potential juror with the same name and address.