Johnny Depp files appeal against Amber Heard’s $2 million libel payment

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, seen here in 2015, traded bitter demands in front of a global audience


  • Johnny Depp’s legal team appealed Amber Heard’s victory in Virginia on Wednesday
  • His lawyers argued that the decision awarding Heard $2 million was “erroneous” and should be overturned.
  • Depp’s team argued that the actor should not be held liable for comments made by his lawyer, Adam Waldman

Johnny Depp’s lawyers appealed Amber Heard’s counterclaim during their high-profile defamation trial, pushing for the decision to be overturned.

In June, a Virginia jury found that Heard defamed Depp in a 2018 op-ed about domestic violence and awarded her ex-husband more than $10 million in damages. Meanwhile, Heard won one of his three counterclaims and was awarded $2 million in damages. After the verdict, both parties announced their intention to appeal.

In new court documents, filed Wednesday in the Virginia Court of Appeals and posted online by Law & Crime Network, Depp’s legal team called Heard’s counterclaim “erroneous” and argued that the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star should not be held responsible for comments made. by his attorney, Adam Waldman.

The comments were made by Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, to the Daily Mail and published on April 27, 2020. Waldman claimed that Heard and his friends created Depp by calling the cops with a “hoax” of allegations of abuse in 2016. The jury found that Waldman was acting as Depp’s agent when he made the statement.

In the new court documents, Depp’s legal team, led by attorney Benjamin Chew, argued that while much of the trial in June resulted in a favorable and “fully vindicated” outcome for Depp, “the trial court The trial court was faced with a number of new and complex legal and factual issues, and while the trial court decided the vast majority of those issues sensibly and correctly, a few decisions were wrong.”

Depp’s attorneys argued that “Mr. Waldman is an independent contractor, whose allegedly tortious conduct is not automatically attributable to Mr. Depp” and that “no evidence of Mr. Waldman’s actual malice has been presented at trial” by Heard’s team.

“Ms. Heard presented no evidence at trial that Mr. Depp was personally involved in making or carrying out any of Waldman’s three statements. Indeed, Mr. Depp testified that he never even having regard to Waldman’s statements before the filing of the counterclaim in August 2020,” the documents state.

Depp’s attorneys are asking that the judgment be overturned while the other charges that were in favor of the actor are upheld.

Heard’s reps have not publicly commented on the call as of this writing.

The “Aquaman” actress appealed the June 1 verdict in July. Depp’s team then filed their own notice of appeal, just a day later, arguing against Heard’s $2 million libel payment.

At the time, one of Depp’s attorneys, Camille Vasquez, explained in an interview with “CBS Mornings” co-host Gayle King why the actor decided to file his own appeal in response to that of Heard.

The lawyer said it was ‘fair’ to say Depp’s team would not appeal if his ex-wife had not filed first to challenge the jury’s verdict ordering Heard to pay Depp 10 millions of dollars in damages.

Vasquez said Depp ended up filing his own appeal “so the court could have the full case.”

“And [Heard] insists on continuing to litigate this case, and we must protect the interests of our client,” explained the lawyer. “We just hope the court will uphold the verdict, which we believe is the right verdict, and allow both parties to move on. .”

Johnny Depp testifies in defamation case he filed against ex-wife Amber Heard
Johnny Depp testifies in defamation case he filed against ex-wife Amber Heard
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