The Heard v Depp cage match is set to continue as Amber Heard and her new team of lawyers have filed a an appeal against the result of her libel case with fellow actor and ex-husband Johnny Depp.
In June, after a heavily publicized trial lasting over six weeks, a jury in Fairfax, Virginia ruled in favor of the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s claim that Heard defamed him in an article in which she claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse. Depp was awarded $10 million (of his $50 million claim) in compensatory damages as well as $5 million in punitive damages. Heard is now seeking to have this verdict reversed.
According to the New York Post, Heard, 36, filed an appeal earlier this month claiming the last trial was held in the wrong state and was also unjust due to therapy records in which she was described as being molested being excluded. These records were ruled as hearsay by a judge and rendered inadmissible.
“The trial court improperly prevented the jury from considering several separate instances in which Heard reported Depp’s abuse to a medical professional,” Heard’s lawyers wrote in the 68-page document.
They added, “If not reversed, the trial court’s exclusion of contemporaneous reports of domestic abuse to medical professionals will make it more difficult for other abuse victims to prove allegations of abuse, and likely deter them from coming forward.”
“This case also should never have gone to trial because another court had already concluded that Depp abused Heard on multiple occasions,” wrote Heard’s lawyers, in relations to the United Kingdom High Court of Justice’s ruling in a separate defamation suit brought by Depp that the actor was guilty of abusing his ex-wife.
Heard’s move for an appeal comes a month after Depp filed an appeal of his own against some of the verdicts of the case. Adam Waldman, one of Depp’s lawyers claimed that Heard and her friends ‘roughed up’ Depp’s penthouse as part of a ‘hoax’. The jury ruled his claim as defamatory and awarded Heard $2 million in damages.
In Depp’s appeal, he described the ruling as erroneous, stating that he should not be held accountable for his lawyer’s statement.
The merits of both appeals will be decided by a panel of judges in accordance with Virginia law.
This would be the former couple’s third stint in court.