Amber Heard claims Juror 15 was an impostor, seeks new trial against Johnny Depp

Amber Heard’s attorneys requested a Fairfax County Circuit Court judge on Friday to overturn a jury’s judgment that the actress defamed her ex-husband, Johnny Depp.

Heard’s legal team claimed in a 43-page brief that the award of more than $10 million was unsupported by evidence. They disputed Depp’s claim that he lost his position in “Pirates of the Caribbean” due to Heard’s comments in an op-ed. They further claimed that at least one juror was not adequately screened by court personnel.

The counsel requested the court to vacate the decision in Depp’s favor, dismiss the complaint, or order a new trial.

According to Elaine Bredehoft, Heard’s primary attorney, Depp “proceeded solely on a defamation by implication theory, abandoning any claims that Ms. Heard’s statements were actually false,”

In an email, Ben Chew, who heads Depp’s legal team, dismissed Heard’s motion as “what we expected, just longer, no more substantive.”

A trial pitting the two actors spanned six weeks from April until early June and focused on Depp’s allegations that he was defamed by a 2018 op-ed that appeared in The Washington Post under Heard’s byline. In the article, Heard recounted that she had become a public figure representing domestic abuse and pinpointed a period two years earlier — 2016, when Heard took out a temporary restraining order against Depp.

In the verdict, the jurors found that Heard defamed Depp with three statements in the op-ed — one of which was a headline that Heard didn’t write. According to the court brief, “Ms. Heard never even became aware of the headline until Mr. Depp filed the lawsuit against her.”

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