Amber Heard appeal: Actress appeals defamation case loss to ex-husband Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard trial resulted in actor being awarded $10M in compensatory damages

ByZenebou Sylla and Tavleen Tarrant, CNN, CNNWire
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Amber Heard appeals defamation case loss to ex-husband Johnny Depp
The Johnny Depp vs Amber heard trial resulted in the actor being awarded $10M in compensatory damages. Now the actress is appealing the case.

FAIRFAX, Virginia -- Lawyers for Amber Heard officially appealed her loss in a defamation case brought by Johnny Depp, arguing there were several errors in the trial, according to reporting from the Los Angeles Times.

Errors listed include that the case was tried in Virginia and that the court improperly barred Heard from submitting some evidence, according to the report.

Attorneys for Heard cited the exclusion of the November 2020 libel case that Depp lost against Britain's Sun newspaper, where Depp was referred to as a "wife beater," the LA Times reported.

The appeal also asserts Depp's team didn't prove "actual malice" in the case and that the jury was improperly instructed about the role of actual malice in the case, according to the LA Times.

In early November, Depp's legal team appealed the court's decision to grant Heard $2 million, the LA Times reported.

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The case will now go to a three-judge court of appeals panel for a decision, according the LA Times. CNN has reached out to attorneys representing Heard and Depp for comment and to obtain a copy of the appeals.

Depp accused Heard of defaming him in a 2018 op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post.

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The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million dollars in punitive damages. A Virginia judge reduced the punitive damages to $350,000 because of statutory limits.

The jury also awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages and no money for punitive damages for her cross-complaint, which alleged defamation over statements Depp's attorney made about her abuse claims.

Heard filed the appeal with the Court of Appeals in Virginia on Nov. 23, according to the LA Times.

Jessica Kovacevic, Heard's agent at WME, declined to comment to CNN. Range Media Partners, Depp's talent agency, also declined to respond for comment to CNN.

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