It what many have tagged a move to avoid appealing her defamation trial against her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, Hollywood actress, Amber Heard has asked a judge to disregard the jury’s verdict and grant her a fresh trial over what she described as lack of evidence.
In addition, the Aquaman actress cited the use of an alleged fake juror as the second grounds upon which the jury’s verdict should be tossed.
It would be recalled that over a month ago, a 7-person jury in Fairfax, Virginia, ruled that Heard had committed defamation in her 2018 Washington Post op-ed, where she declared herself a survivor of domestic violence.
The jury went on to award the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor $15 million dollars in damages – $10 million dollars in compensatory damages and $5 million dollars in punitive damages.
The $5 million dollars was later reduced to $350,000 dollars – the maximum allowed under Virginia state law.
Heard was also awarded $2 million dollars out of her $100 million dollar countersuit after the jury found that one of Depp’s attorneys had committed defamation when he called her abuse claims “a hoax.”
According to TMZ, Heard wants a judge to dismiss the jury’s verdict and start over. Earlier this week, Heard’s legal team filed new legal documents in Virginia, asking a judge to either set aside the jury’s ruling for Depp, dismiss the complaint, or order a completely new trial.
Heard’s legal team is arguing three main points, the first of which was that Depp’s legal team didn’t have enough evidence to prove that the statements in her op-ed damaged his career, even though a jury decided that they had.