Hollywood star Johnny Depp has launched his own countermove, just a day after his ex-wife Amber Heard gave formal notice of intent to appeal the verdict in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor’s defamation trial against her.
According to reports, in the paperwork filed in Fairfax County, Depp has put his legal players on the board. He has appealed the USD 2 million defamation award a jury in Virginia handed to his ex-wife Amber Heard at their trial last month.
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The jury held that the statement was false and was made with “actual malice.” They awarded Depp USD 15 million in damages but Heard had to pay USD 10.35 million due to a Virginia law limiting punitive damages (the judge reduced the amount).
In her countersuit, Heard won one of the three defamation counts and was awarded USD 2 million in damages.
Heard’s lawyers had previously asked Judge Penney Azcarate to set aside the verdict for several reasons, including the allegation that one of the jurors showed up to the trial despite never receiving a summons. That request had been denied by the judge.